Precious Blood Sisters join walk for peace in Dayton neighborhood

More than 50 people took to the streets in west Dayton to call for peace Nov. 10 after a 5-year-old was shot while sitting his living room and later died.

Sisters of the Precious Blood Jeanette (M. Paul Agnes) Buehler, Pat (Terence) Will, Judy Niday, and Ceil (Ellen Mary) Taphorn joined area residents, police officers and community leaders in a memorial walk for Maleki Parker. The toddler was sitting in his home on Nov. 7 when a bullet from a drive-by shooting entered the house and hit him. He died on Nov. 9.

Chanting “Don’t shoot, we want to grow up,” and other slogans, the marchers walked past the Parker’s home and around the block. The Sisters held hands and prayed during the walk.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley stressed that city officials are focused on the eliminating gun violence in the city.

For years, the Sisters of the Precious Blood have organized a vigil every time there is a homicide in Dayton. Friends or family members of the victim often join the Sisters and other residents at the location where the homicide occurred to pray the person who died. The Sisters also host a memorial service at Salem Heights each January to remember those who were killed by violence in the community during the previous year.

From left, Sisters Jeanette (Paul Agnes) Buehler, Judy Niday, Pat (M. Terence) Will and Ceil (Ellen Mary) Taphorn prepare for a peace walk in Dayton on Tuesday night. Nearly 100 people participated in the walk to promote peace in the community.

– Story and photo by Dave Eck