Local pastors rally against recent violence in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A recent string of violence has moved a group of residents to gather and say enough is enough.

The event, “Prayer and Action Against Gun Violence”, took place Monday evening at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

Around 20 pastors, representing 10 area churches, were at the event. Several people got up to speak about the crime they’ve seen so far in Norfolk, especially in the last week.

“We have to own the problems, all the problems that are going on. Collectively we have to own it. It’s our problems, these are our communities, our families, our relatives, these are our problems,” said Dr. Kirk Houston, pastor of the Gethsemane Baptist Church.

Pastor Chris Hines of The Way Church organized the event that attracted dozens of people. He said the community is concerned about the homicides and shootings that have happened so far this year.

“I think we’re not doing our job,” said Hines. “I think we have to come outside the four walls of our church, and come together as a community, and make a conscious effort and decision that we’re going to help stop this violence.”

Vice Mayor Angelia Williams Graves was also in attendance.

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