Man walks to the nation's Capitol from Chicago to raise awareness about gun violence

Posted at 7:39 AM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 07:39:40-04

Demetrius Nash, a 39-year-old native from Bronzeville, Chicago, stepped out of his home on August 4, started walking and hasn’t returned yet.

Why? He’s on a mission. Fighting for justice one step, one mile at a time.

“Everyday that I'm walking, here in America, there's someone dying. Not only in Chicago, in Cleveland…in every impoverished city throughout America," he said.

He’s walking from his hometown, which has been plagued with violence, to Washington D.C.

As of last weekend, there were 451 homicides this year in Chicago alone.

Nash says the violence is also too much in other cities, like Cleveland, where 76 people have been murdered so far this year.

So he started his journey this summer and now he's passing through Cleveland.

He walks 20 to 25 miles a day in hopes that by talking to people along his walking journey, he'll raise awareness about the issue.

“The core fabric of America is great people and it's incredible and I'm just in awe of what America and Americans are doing to help me along my way,” Nash said.

Another goal for the 700-mile trek is to have more resources for after school programs to help get children off the streets.

Nash wanted to raise $50,000 on his Gofund Me page, so far he has received a little more than $25,000 in donations thanks to former Chicago Point Guard Derrick Rose, who donated $7,000 toward his effort.