PeaceFest seeks to curb violence in the City of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - PeaceFest, offering an alternative to violence as it looks to bring people together.

It’s an annual event that celebrates families and takes a stand against violence.

Bella Fontaine Park Saturday was filled with hundreds of people celebrating families and the community. There were dozens of vendors and live entertainment bringing everyone together to fight for peace and to keep their streets safe. The event was put on by Better Family Life. The group that is behind the signs you see that say, "We must stop killing each other."

“Five years ago, we started changing the emphasis on celebrating the family to celebrating peace," said Malik Ahmed, CEO Better Family Life.

Tyrunne Johnson brought his son Jordan to the festival to help encourage everyone to show more love, peace, and understanding, “I thought it was a good idea to bring my son as well to have the opportunity to show togetherness of family."

Jordan, says he knows exactly what to do when it comes to resolving a conflict. He says his parents always promote peace, "Once someone argues, we will get over it, and we stay friends forever."

Better Family Life says through its efforts, they are on a mission to reduce violent crime and deliver resources and support families in the most challenged neighborhoods.