Due to heavy crime in the downtown area many people are looking for new ways to stop violence in our area. Starting at 7 p.m. Friday one group gathered at Portia Hines Park to ask a higher power for help.
"We ask that you continue to give us courage," the prayer group said as they spoke in unison. "We ask that you continue to give us the courage to rise to the occasion."
"Over the last 15-years a lot of things have changed, crime has happened, "explained Tracey Ray, the prayer group organizer. "We hear people say they are afraid to come outside and walk around."
After hearing the community's cry for help, Ray and her prayer group decided to take matters into their own hands.
"We want to join together so there is a safe place in the community," Ray said.
As the sun came up Saturday, Ray said she could already see a difference in people.
"The community has been very respectful, and some people have come over to see if we needed anything," Ray said with a smile on her face. "They are very supportive. People have even turned down their music when they come through the area. We have been very well perceived."
The 24-hour prayer group is non-denominational and encourages anyone to join them in singing, prayer, or anything that will put a stop to violence in our area. The group said they feel blessed and honored to be a part of this event and plan to continue their new tradition.
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