An entire community is coming together to support the family of a boy who was brutally stabbed to death on his way home from school.
Wednesday evening, more than 100 people marched through the streets of north Houston in honor of 11-year-old Josue Flores.
"This is for our friends, our neighbors, our family members," shouted one of the organizers to the crowd gathered at Marshall Middle School, where Flores was in sixth grade.
With empty backpacks in hand and the memory of a little boy in their hearts, the north side community took to their hearts.
"All this is the act of what happened last night," said Del Torres, a north side resident. "It's kinda frustrating that it took this to happen for us to get together like this."
"He didn't deserve to die like this," said Sofia Flores, Josue’s sister.
Family, friends and strangers marched side by side, hoping the crowd would draw attention to what residents say is a bigger problem: drifters causing trouble on the streets.
"They are constantly approaching you, you can't even go anywhere in the neighborhood," said Maria Luna, another woman who lives in the neighborhood.
People marched to the sidewalk where Josue was attacked. The crowd stood searching for answers and wondering what to do next.
"It's not just more police presence that we need, we need something done as far as people just being able to lay around in our streets," said Luna.