District judge shot at Detroit home takes part in walk for hope

Judge Terrence Berg, one month after being shot outside his home, was back leading a peaceful march.
A U. S. district judge shot outside his Detroit home is using the act of violence to push for changes in his community.

Judge Terrence Berg is still in a wheelchair after the shooting a month ago, spoke out against gun violence in a walk for hope Friday.

Ever since the incident, other parishioners at Berg's Catholic church, Gesu on Oak Drive in Detroit, have wanted to so something for him. On Good Friday, they did.

Berg's willingness to stand up for a city that left him temporarily in a wheelchair, is inspiring others to do something.

"I've heard from so many people," Berg said. "Even strangers, even prisoners. I've gotten letters from prisoners just expressing their concern about this."

"Hearing him, seeing him, being able to go over and speak with him," said Detroiter Latisha Sampson. "It helps us, it makes us feel more comfortable and we feel safe."

Berg was shot in the leg while taking out the trash at his home in Detroit. He knows that no one would have blamed him for moving out of the city, but instead he along with church leaders helped organize a walk for hope.

"The solution to violence, really is love and community," Berg said. "This is an example of love and community. I couldn't be happier."

"We are just walking for peace and hope for the city of Detroit," Sampson said.

In his speech to the congregation, Berg says there have been more than 3,000 gun-related injuries in Detroit in the past three years alone.

"These are our victims they have a face," said Jennifer Stalker. "And this is my daughter Paige. I wanted to bring paige with me in the walk."

Paige Stalker, a teenager from Grosse Pointe, was killed in Detroit in December 2014 and like the shooting involving Berg, her case remains unsolved. 

"The violence is continuing," Stalker said. "Everyone has to try to add something and try to help."

So with messages written on signs, caution tape around the sleeves, those attending Friday's walk  in silence against gun violence, attempts to change the culture one step at a time.

The FBI, ATF and U.S. Marshals have contributed to a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects in the Berg case. 

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