Youth leading anti-violence movement | Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Brandon Warren is on a mission to save this city – his city.

The soft-spoken teen, a football player, National Honor Society member and student council representative at Warren Central High School, is leading the charge to turn down the violence that is maiming and killing his peers.

For Warren, it was the death of his friend Dijon Anderson that thrust him into a leadership role in the community.

Anderson, a Warren Central football star, died May23, two weeks after being injured in a shooting on the west side.

The 18-year-old senior, described as “fearless” and someone who loved people, was headed to Southern Illinois University on a football scholarship before a bullet cut short a life full of promise.

“It seems like every other day there’s something in the news about violence, somebody gunned down,” Warren, 17, said. “We want to send a message to teens that this has to stop.”

He’s joined in his grief and desire to make a difference by Warren Central classmate Angie Ramirez, who lost one of her closest friends, Angel Mejia-Alfaro, 17, in the same shooting.

Together, the two teens and an army of young people will carried a message of peace and unity Saturday during a peace walk and community program on the east side.

We LIVE Indy began as a social media movement, but with guidance and support from school officials, city leaders and family members, Warren and his committee of change-makers called for all people to come together to stop the killing. Several high schools have joined in the effort, including Pike, Ben Davis and North Central.

The group’s name was inspired by a phrase Anderson used to repeat, “We LIVE, baby,” Warren said. Now LIVE (rhymes with five) stands for Linked to Intercept Violence Everywhere.

“We’re live as a community, as a city trying to come against violence everywhere,” Warren said. “We want to be larger than Indy – as large as God can make it.”

Since Warren first sat down with the…

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