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Peace procession in Anaheim seeks to bring city together

Genevieve Huizar, the mother of Manuel Diaz, at a news conference at the Orange County Superior Court in 2012. An Anaheim police officer was cleared by the Orange County DA in the fatal shooting of Diaz in 2013. In a civil lawsuit, a jury Thursday found the officer did not use excessive force in the shooting of Diaz, who was unarmed.
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Genevieve Huizar, mother of Manuel Diaz who was killed last year in an Anaheim police officer-involved shooting, is expected to take part in a Saturday march to promote community healing.

A planned peace march starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Anaheim is part of on-going efforts to heal the community after gang shootings and the officer-involved shooting deaths of two Latino men last year. 

Bishop Kevin Vann of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange will lead a "Procession For Peace" with Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, former councilwoman Lorri Galloway and other church and community leaders. 

The group, along with neighborhood residents and people from other areas of Orange County, plan to walk less than a mile along La Palma Avenue in Anaheim.

"So much bloodshed has happened, so much violence has happened in this city," said Joanne Sosa with the East Street Community Renewal Initiative, which is coordinating the march. "It's a very quiet procession, it's not a protest. We're asking people of all faiths to come together so we can simply walk and ask for this healing in a city that so desperately needs it." 

Sosa said there will be messages of hope and unity before and after the walk. 

She said the mothers of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo, killed in Anaheim police officer-involved shootings last year, are also expected to be part of the procession.

The Procession For Peace is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Claret Church, 1450 E. La Palma Avenue, Anaheim.