KOIN by: Lindsay Nadrich, Kelly Doyle Posted: Sep 21, 2021 / 11:19 AM PDT / Updated: Sep 21, 2021 / 04:29 PM PDT
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland community leaders are pleading for peace in the city streets as a summer wracked by violence comes to a close.
Portland is on track for a record number of homicides this year with gunfire breaking out nearly every day and night. So far in 2021, the city has seen 909 shootings and 63 homicides, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Community leaders gathered on Tuesday’s International Day of Peace to launch the Portland Peace Initiative.
“We want to feel safe in Portland and, the truth is, many of us do not feel safe,” said former Senator Avel Gordly.