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Dancing for peace in North Tonawanda

Posted at 6:47 PM, Aug 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 08:05:11-04

About 30 people from different backgrounds were together dancing for peace at Gratwick Hose Fire Company in North Tonawanda on Sunday.

They participated in the #Danceforpeace Zumbathon, which benefited Ken Walker and the Buffalo Anti-racism Coalition.

Earlier this month, the North Tonawanda Volunteer firefighter lost everything after his apartment was set on fire. Police arrested and charged his neighbor and former colleague, 39-year-old Matthew Jurado, for the arson.

The fire happened just two days after the Walker family received a racist and threatening letter. It's still unclear who sent the note.

"The mere thought that someone would do that to him just because of the color of his skin is just horrible. I mean Ken is a great person," Walker's friend, Cadie Smith said.

Since then people from across the country have donated trips, nearly $200,000. and other items to 28-year-old Walker. Sunday was no different, as dozens showed their support and showed off some of their moves during the Zumbathon.

"There are all kinds of ways we can come together as a community in this case dancing right. We can come together as a community to combat racism and let our voices be heard and stand against this sort of thing," Brandon Absher with Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition said.

Half of the proceeds from the event will go to the Walker family. The other half will benefit the Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition.