Reno-Sparks community leaders support Yerington teens

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Reno-Sparks community came together for the 32nd annual Interfaith Memorial Service.

"This is about love and this is about giving and this is about caring," said Donald Gallimore Sr., Reno-Sparks NAACP Second VP.

With more than 50 people in attendance to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, the service brought together people from different faiths and it also brought two girls from Yerington.

"Racism unfortunately is alive in Northern Nevada," said Patricia Gallimore, Reno-Sparks NAACP President.

Two girls claim they have been victims of bullying and racism by fellow students and nothing is being done to stop it, according to a story that KOLO 8 News Now's Ed Pearce reported in October 2017.

But the religious and civil rights leaders wanted to reassure the girls that they are not alone.

"We want them to know that our community here in Northern Nevada is rallying with them and we support them. We are not going to take any kind of bullying or any type of racism in this community," said Gallimore.

Many speakers touched on the events happening in Yerington. One main message they wanted to send was to keep Dr. King's vision and hope alive.

"That is a project that we have to rekindle, so we don't have to deal with what is happening in Yerington. So we don't have to deal with what is happening with this President (Donald Trump), so we don't have to deal with bombing people of god around the world."

The Yerington girls didn't speak at the service, but Reno-Sparks NAACP President Gallimore says the girls just want the harassment to stop.

"They want to live in peace and want to be respected like any other human being wants to be respected as an American because they are Americans and that is what we all are, Americans first," said Gallimore.

Gallimore says at some point in the near future, the civil rights organization will be in Yerington to host a rally or an event to show their support for the girls.