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Pastors, community leaders unite in a march to stop violence in St. Louis

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by Mugo Odigwe, KMOV News

(KMOV.com) -- St. Louis has seen lots of crime in the past month. From fatal shootings involving adults to even young children, no one has been exempt from the violence.

That's why pastors and community members in West St. Louis gathered Saturday morning for a march to end gun violence. About 50 people came out for the event.

Many called it a march for peace.

"It's a wakeup call for us to understand that it's really real out here,” said Felicia Reece who added that her two sons were robbed last year at a gas station.

It's a big reason why she supports the movement to end the violence.

"If we learn to work with one another, to help one another in the community, I think it will be a better place,” she said.

It all comes on the heels of a violent week, during "Holy Week," the days leading up to Easter.

"There was a murder in St. Louis every night. From Monday to even Saturday morning,” said Rev. Spencer Booker of St. Paul Church.

Rev. Booker along with other pastors from African Methodist Episcopal churches throughout the community all agreed that the prayer walk is their way of putting a stop to it all.

"We're showing we care and these are our streets and this is our neighborhoods and we plan on taking it back,” said Rev. Clinton Stancil.

They also plan to introduce resources like utility assistance, job training and even GED programs to the community in the near future.

"I really want peace and justice and for all of us to just work together,” Reece said.

About 25 AME churches participated in the event.
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