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City leaders host prayer vigil after violent week in St. Louis

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St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson joins with the St. Louis Clergy Coalition to host a prayer vigil for peace in the city. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson joins with the St. Louis Clergy Coalition to host a prayer vigil for peace in the city.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Community leaders held a prayer vigil Friday, following a violent week in the City of St. Louis.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said police officers and local clergy members joined with residents to pray for peace and to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.

"We know that we can't solve our problems with just law enforcement, with just the criminal justice system," said Chief Dotson. "There has to be a sense of community, and what better way to start that than around the churches?"

The Rev. Earl Nance Jr. said the more positive interactions community members have with police, the more they will see them as partners in the fight against violence.

"It's important that we come together," said Rev. Nance. "We count on the police department to make us safe in our neighborhoods and we need to help them with information that will do just that."

The vigil came after several robberies and shootings occurred throughout the city this past week, including the ambush of a police officer in the Central West End on Tuesday.

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