Waianae Residents March for Peace

Trena Pasion
Trena Pasion

(KHNL) -- Hundreds of Waianae neighbors are taking a stand against violence, in their community.

This comes after two violent crimes shook their neighborhood, over the past few weeks.

Strength in numbers. That was the goal of organizers behind a community march for peace.

Among the hundreds out Thursday night was Trena Pasion.

"I'm here in protest to violence. I'm here because Roger was a good friend and I'm here for support," she says.

She's talking about Roger Haudenshild, her childhood friend and classmate at Waianae High who was brutally beaten to death at the Waianae market earlier this month.

The community came out with candles and signs demanding an end to recent violent crimes that have taken place in their community.

They marched to the site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints. Arsonists set the church on fire last week causing more than 2 million dollars worth of damage.

They also stopped at the market where Haudenshild was killed.

Once a place of tragedy, now a place of hope.

Pasion says she will not give into fear and she won't give up on her town.