New “peace pole” dedicated in Wells Park

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – When Joseph and Michelle Pastures’ son James was shot and killed in January of 2015, they say a part of them was taken away.

But on Thursday, a new “peace pole” was dedicated in his honor in Wells Park.

“Life moves on and people forget about the dead,” said Joseph. “This peace pole lets you know that nobody’s forgetting about him, it’s just a symbol of life.”

In 2015 there were 53 homicides in Savannah, now, about half way through 2016, Savannah is on pace to at least match that number; and Joseph said the violence continues because not enough people care about the community.

“We need everybody to come together and care when somebody gets killed, care when somebody gets sexually assaulted, care when somebody gets murdered.”

The Pastures hope the peace pole is a first step in that right direction, and said just seeing the community come together to honor James proves that it can happen.

“Somebody’s caring about our son, somebody’s caring that he’s not just forgotten after we buried him in 2015, not forgotten.”

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