Robbed at gunpoint on their way to public safety meeting


Photo by Luis Valdez

peacemarch-webCamden City residents gather in St. Anthony of Padua Church following a peace march on Oct. 27, the 25th anniversary of The Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi.

CAMDEN — Two men were robbed at gunpoint by two youths Oct. 27 as they made their way to a public safety meeting at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Cramer Hill.

The police chief, Assemblyman Angel Fuentes, and Councilman Luis Lopez were at the church talking to about 50 people when the two men arrived, said Father Jud Weiksnar, OFM, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church where a peace march was to terminate after beginning at St. Andrew’s. The victims are parishioners of St. Anthony.

Father Weiksnar said the robbery happened at Von Nieda Park near River Avenue and Lois Avenue, a very dark section of the park where incidents have occurred in the past. A cell phone and $25 in cash were taken, he added.

“There was talk of cancelling the peace march,” Father Weiksnar said, “but one parishioner said not to have these people control our streets. So 50 people left from St. Andrew’s and marched in the rain to St. Anthony.”

The marchers stopped at three sites in Cramer Hill where violence had occurred and they prayed for peace. Then they proceeded to St. Anthony where the march ended in prayer.

The event was planned around the 25th anniversary of The Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi.