Chico State students march against violence

Mar 12, 2015 11:29 AM by News Staff

Chico State students, fed-up over recent violence, took to the streets Wednesday night to let the community know it's time for a culture change.

Hundreds of students showed up to march from Chico State to the downtown city plaza Wednesday night. Students are upset about the shooting death of 22-year-old Travis Powell at a house party Friday night and the alleged brutal assault of 21-year-old Raelynn Vincent, but also with widespread sexual assaults and muggings.

Powell was shot and killed at an apartment complex near West 7th and Oak Streets when a fight broke out at a house party. In addition to Powell's murder two others were shot and two more were stabbed.

Vincent says she was walking home near 3rd and Ivy Streets around 2 a.m. Saturday, when a red Volkswagen Passat pulled over and began harassing her. One of the men jumped out of the car and punched her in the face, breaking her jaw in two places.

Among those who came out Wednesday was Powell's mother, Dominique Hoover, who told Action News Now she thinks the community can use her son's tragic death to change the violent culture that has become associated with Chico State.

A core group of students say they hope to come up with a new strategy that will help end the violence, and they plan to work closely with the Chico Police Department, city council and local businesses to implement the plan, which is currently only in its infancy stages.

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