A rash of violent crime over the weekend cast a shadow on Monday's events for some.Many celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and while watching President Barack Obama's public Inauguration Day festivities on the Capitol lawn in Little Rock.
"We came out here to honor and pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior in the parade," said Bobby Redman, a Central Little Rock High School junior, who marched in the Marade Monday.
But while they celebrated, Arkansas authorities were investigating several murders and shootings.
"It is sad. This day supposed to be a good day. A blessful day of everybody getting together and celebrating as one," Redman said. "And celebrating [Martin Luther King, Jr.], this one man who brought this of heart, who made this judgement come true, and for this to happen it's a sad sight to see."
"It's very sad that everyone has to come to violence on just for no reason," his mother, Avaneice Atkins-Redman said.
Four people were injured in two separate shootings over the weekend, according to Little Rock police.
A Little Rock man's body was found dumped by the side of the road in Lonoke County.
In Jefferson County, police say a 31-year-old George Cage stabbed his wife to death Saturday afternoon.
And the SuperStop gas station in Little Rock was robbed at knife point Sunday, although police say no one was injured.
Venita Franklin was among those sharing in the day of celebration on the Capitol lawn Monday
She said the nation has come a long way, but the weekend's violence shows there is more to be done.
"It's really a sad thing especially with our young people that even on a day like today where Dr. Martin Luther King stood for the non-violence, but each and every day," Venita said.