*Whitney Houston’s death caused a ripple affect across the world and even caused some of the street’s most dangerous criminals to pause and reflect on life. According to reports, on the day of her funeral, Newark gangs declared ad ay of peace in honor of the super star. Former high-ranking street gang member, Hykine Johnson (see photo below), posted a message on Facebook, initiating the effort.

He called for citywide peace on the day of her services at the New Hope Baptist Church.

“If anyone out there is gang banging lets show Whitney Houston respect by commiting no crimes on saturday ……No shootings No robbing No car jacking basically no crazy (stuff) let us show some respect she helped alot of people in Nj lets show lov,” wrote Johnson, who now works as an author an  filmmaker, publishing works intended to show young people the perils of gang life in the city.

His powerful message transformed Newark into a peaceful place for a moment, demonstrating that it is possible to heal.

His message even convinced some of the toughest members to reach for peace.

Early Friday morning, an influential member of the large Mob PIRU Bloods set promised her crew’s members would fall in line with the call for peace.

“We can guarantee there won’t be any violence from our end, and we just wanted to let him know we’re supporting this,” said Jada, a “Big Sis” with MOB PIRU and founder of the non-profit group Nine Women Strong. “I intend on speaking to a couple of the other brothers from the other sets this evening. I believe that it’s gonna be a real quiet day in Newark.”

And it was a quiet day of remembrance.

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