A community walk was held on Saturday in honor of a 7-year-old boy who was killed while crossing the street a few years ago.
“He would be so proud. He would say all this for me wow really,” said Falonda Haggray.
Falonda Haggray, is the mother of 7-year-old Qazir Sutherland. Qazir passed away five years ago after he was hit while crossing the street.
In memory of Qazir, Falonda and family friends came out for a walk to celebrate his life and inspire others.
“We live in a very dangerous environment on the road, and everyone is entitled to free and safe access to the roadways and sidewalks,” said Lorenz Worden from the Albany Bicycle Coalition.
The walk started just off of South Pearl Street and continued to the Helderberg- Hudson Rail Trail. Organizations such as the Albany County Department of Health, Capitol Roots, and many others were also in attendance to encourage safe ways to ride and walk.
“It’s great, and it lets me know that my son is well loved, respected, admired and appreciated,” said Haggray.
“It proves that this community can go through good changes in a short period of time,” said Ptolemy Sutherland, Qazir’s brother.
This is the walk’s third year and the family says that they are going to keep moving forward. One step at a time.
“It can be emotional, but I have to stay strong for them,” said Amira Sutherland, Qazir’s sister.