Community members unite for Day of Mercy ride for 3-year-old Marlo Joseph

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Monday night the family of 3-year-old Marlo Joseph, who was caught in the crossfire in a shootout on North Clinton Avenue in September, held a Day of Mercy motorcycle ride.

Marlo’s family tells News10NBC he is still in the hospital but says he is up walking with help and talking. The community is celebrating his life and recovery.

“Nothing can stand up against the power of love,” organizer and Founder and CEO of Untrapped Ministries Justin Morris said. “And as you see tonight, you see people from every community, from the Latin community, from the white community, from the black community, all together in solidarity, need to take a stand against violence in our community.”

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Community members from all walks of life united as one to celebrate three-year-old Marlo Joseph as he recovers after being shot in the head during a violent shootout on North Clinton Avenue.

“Everybody just came together under one roof,” Jamon Meeks with Rochester Afro Dogs MC said. “We are all out here for the same reason, to show our support not only to the community, but to Marlo for being as strong as he is.”

Family, friends, motorcyclists, and even those who didn’t know Marlo, came together for a ride to Golisano Children’s Hospital.
“We didn’t put a call out for RPD or the sheriff’s office, but they showed up to provide transport and to provide safe passage to the hospital for the mercy ride,” Anthony Hall with B.O.O.K.B.A.G.S Express said. “This is phenomenal, and this is what it’s about when we say community.”

The group circled around the hospital as employees watched from above to show Marlo that they all are rooting for him.

“Marlo, before this happened, he likes to say he’s ‘built different.’ What that means we say #MarloStrong, #BuiltDifferent. It means there’s something different about him,” Marlo’s cousin Brittany Rumph said.

Rumph said Marlo’s happiness and perseverance makes him Marlo Strong.

“It means there’s something different in him and we know that and we knew that. But now we see that, and it’s bigger than anything we ever could have imagine. Marlo is going to change our city,” Rumph said.

Marlo’s family said they are so thankful for everyone’s prayers, well wishes and support. They say this change needs to continue to happen in our city.