Friends, family and community members will gather on Sunday, Sept. 15, taking part in the Stop the Violence, Spread the Love march to raise awareness about the death of Kaylin Diggs and to speak out against violence.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 11, 2012, police responded to a disturbance in the area of Argyle and Sackville Streets. Officers found Diggs, 26, unconscious and unresponsive. He was transported to a hospital where he passed away a short time later.
Investigators determined that Diggs had left a Halifax bar, and was attacked as he tried to help a friend who was being assaulted by others.
A graduate of Auburn High School, Diggs was a volunteer firefighter and past member of the Westphal Royal Canadian Army Cadets.
Diggs' cousin, Quentrel Provo, organized the first march against violence last September. More than 200 residents treked five kilometres in heavy rain, from Sullivan's Pond in Dartmouth, across the MacDonald Bridge, to the South Common in Halifax.
Mayor Mike Savage will speak before this year's march, which will stretch from the Dartmouth Commons, across the MacDonald Bridge, and down Argyle Street. Provo says Dartmouth councillor Gloria McCluskey, who marched last year, made a donation to the cause.
"Other than those two, which are the same two that helped out last year, really haven't gotten much feedback from any other politicians," Provo says in an online message. The march's organizer says he's only received automated replies in his efforts to contact the Premier's office.
"But it doesn't matter because this will go on regardless if they help out or not!"
Almost a year after his death, the province added Diggs' murder to their unsolved crimes reward program. Police say they believe there are people with information relating to Diggs' death who have not yet come forward.
Anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible could receive an award of up to $150,000. Police can be contacted through the rewards for major unsolved crimes program at 1-888-710-9090.
Those wishing to take part in the march can meet Sunday at the Dartmouth Commons, across from the Metro Transit terminal, at 3 p.m.