In response to the killing of 18-year-old Kellon Hill, a peace rally is being held to unite a grieving community.

Organized by HOTT 107.5 and the Ministry of Public Safety, the rally is scheduled to be held on Labour Day weekend, although the venue is yet to be announced.

Also responding to the tragic loss of one of their students, the parents and teachers at the Bermuda Institute have been coming up with ways to prevent something like this from happening again.

HOTT radio DJ and Senator Taao Dill is helping to organize the peace rally and is urging all Bermudians to get involved.

"More than anything else it will be a space in which to feel unified, with the notion of correcting the current problem," Sen. Dill said. "It will be a space to collectively stand next to each other and show how much we value each other. If we love these people, we have to protect them, and let them know that they are worth protecting.

It will demonstrate that we believe in us."

A similar rally was held after the death of Jason Lightbourne in 2006, and Mr. Dill said that the escalating situation will only get worse unless we do something immediately.

"What we really require is an absolute revolution of values," he said. "We have to reconsider everything we believe to be true, what works, and what doesn't. It will take great introspection, care, conversation and time. In particular, the whole notion of collectivity has to be re-inserted to the Bermudian community. In years gone by we depended on our neighbours to survive. Once we became economically improved, individualism was the easier choice to chase. We have to care for each other in order to adequately care for ourselves.

"The responsibility lies in every one of us. Different groups have layers of responsibility. For example, Government's responsibility should be to create a context where being happy, healthy and safe just makes more sense. I also believe parents need to really let their kids know how important they are to them. Don't avoid the awkward conversations. If you love something it's going to take constant work. If they don't like you for a while because you've boxed them in for the weekend then so be it."

Juanita Swan is the President of the Home and School Association at the Bermuda Institute and said that their parent-teacher association has been trying to come up with initiatives to help parents stay more in-touch with their children.

"A few parents have come forward wanting to be able to think of ways we can be more supportive of our children," Ms. Swan said. "We have been thinking about ways, for example, of assisting each other in the challenges of raising teenagers."

The Bermuda Institute will also be holding a wake for Mr. Hill in the days following the funeral in the hope that what will springboard from this will be regular meetings between students, staff and parents.

"At this stage we are just trying to get our children through this," Ms Swan said. "We are a close community and know each other so well.

"There is huge concern among the parents, because it was a situation where any one of us would have made the same call. It was a situation where he (Mr. Hill) knew the young lady whose party it was, he was going off to college...as a parent you would allow them to go. It was a call any one of us would have made. His parents did everything we do - they kept him close, something like this could happen to anyone."