Shaina Holman of Port Angeles holds up a sign during the overdose awareness event. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Shaina Holman of Port Angeles holds up a sign during the overdose awareness event. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

PHOTOS: Hundreds take to the street in Overdose Awareness Day walk in Port Angeles

Love is raised up over judgment amid stories of recovery and mourning.

Reporting and photos by Jesse Major

The rally Tuesday saw some 200 to 300 people gather on the Clallam County Courthouse steps and walk to City Pier to hear speakers including Zachary Oravetz, who recently lost his younger brother, Beau Silvas, to a heroin overdose.

Speakers also included representatives of law enforcement, a pastor and a father dealing with the loss of his son.

Among the goals of the event was reducing the stigma associated with addiction and showing that the community wants to help.

A crowd displays signs toward the street before the overdose awareness walk Tuesday afternoon. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

A crowd displays signs toward the street before the overdose awareness walk Tuesday afternoon. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Paris Horejsi, 12, right, and Sonciraye Hottowe, 11, carry photos of Drexler Doherty, Horejsi’s brother, who passed away after an overdose in 2013. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Paris Horejsi, 12, right, and Sonciraye Hottowe, 11, carry photos of Drexler Doherty, Horejsi’s brother, who passed away after an overdose in 2013. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Candles shine during the overdose awareness event. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Candles shine during the overdose awareness event. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

A crowd gathers before the walk. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

A crowd gathers before the walk. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

A crowd gathers before the overdose awareness walk in Port Angeles on Tuesday. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

A crowd gathers before the overdose awareness walk in Port Angeles on Tuesday. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

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