Stop the violence vigil held in memory of Julius Vinson

Vigil held for violence victims

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Whatever circumstances led to the death of Julius Vinson, he was a victim of violence and his family and friends don’t want it happening to anyone else.

The 25-year-old Grand Rapids man died a few days after he was badly beaten on Vineland Avenue on March 31. There was a vigil there Thursday, April 13, -- but not just for Vinson. It was a memorial for all the young men and women murdered on the streets of Grand Rapids over the past several years.

His parents say they hope the death of Julius Vinson will help others realize they need to stop the violence.

“That’s what we want to show them,” says father Julius Vinson, Jr. “I don’t want this to keep on spiraling, keep on going on.”

“The message is we have to stop the violence,” says mother Tonya Wilkins. “There are no winners in this.”

It has been two weeks since Vinson was beaten on Vineland Avenue in Grand Rapids. Police were not notified until hours afterward.

Investigators have not released any details about the attack or possible suspects.

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