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Community hopes to turn Allentown 'bridge of death' into 'bridge of hope'

Walk of Hope

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A group in Allentown is trying to turn what they consider a "bridge of death" into a "bridge of hope."

On Saturday, community members participated in the "Walk of Hope" at the Eighth Street Bridge in the area of Fountain Park.

Organizers of the walk say the bridge has been the site of numerous suicides over the years, with the most recent suicide just last month.

Families members of the suicide victims marched with organizers today, demanding that a fence be installed on the bridge as soon as possible.

But, they also say education is vital.

"So,  I wanted to make sure that we came here, and continued to pray to continue to combat this spurt of suicide," said event organizer Angelo Laro Maldonado. "We could build a fence, but somehow there will somebody who would figure out a way to get over that. The biggest and most important thing is how we educate people."

Officials have said a project to install the fences is scheduled to begin this year.

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