Church Rally Against Violence


By Sarah Cantey

Young eyes can see that there is good and bad.

Zoe Preston- Knight said, "There's too many people that can hurt and harm the earth."  35 murders, 35 families changed. But the pain and suffering spreads well beyond that number.

Youth Minister Willie Knight said, "You have 35 victims and there are 35 other families who their people are about to be put away."

It's a staggering number of homicides that already surpassed the total for all of last year.

Knight said, "We are not training the kids like we are supposed to. And as a direct result, you can look at the homicide rate right now it is a clear indication that somewhere along the lines something went wrong."

Now ministers and pastors are trying to correct the problem. By opening up the doors of the Abraham Baptist Church with a three day rally of speakers, youth programs and prayer.

Senior Pastor Fredrick Harris Sr. said, "If you look at most of these homicides they are young people..that is why we must come together to do what we got to do according to the word of god to save our young people."

Knight said, "The mission is to let them know that they have a chance and a choice. You got some people that are going to make good choices and you got some people that are going to make bad choices. But you have to give them a fair shot."

Monikue Boid a, church member said, "Put god first and put up these guns and it is just best to walk away from any situation and be the bigger person."

It's a message the church hopes to instill, even at a young age.

Zoe said, "if you get closer to god then you have more holy ghost."

The 3-day event will kick back up tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the 4230 Norman Bridge Road and they will continue to hold youth rallies every third Sunday.

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