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Clergy and community leaders hold anti-violence rally

Clergy and community activists held march and vigil to stop the violence in Cleveland. Three young children were victims of senseless violence in Cleveland in less than one month. (Source: WOIO) Clergy and community activists held march and vigil to stop the violence in Cleveland. Three young children were victims of senseless violence in Cleveland in less than one month. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Cleveland-area clergy and community leaders held a "Stop the Violence" rally Sunday afternoon, as part of a mission to end the epidemic of violence in the city.

The march began at 2 p.m. at the New Sardis Primitive Baptist Church on E. 147th Street and ended with a prayer vigil and informational session at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church at E. 130th Street and Kinsman Avenue.

Marchers focused on the families of several children who have been killed in a rash of violence on the city's east side, including 3-year-old Major Howard, 5-year-old Ramon Burnett, and 5-month-old Aavielle Wakefield.

Several other children have also been hurt by violence, including a 10-year-old, a 14-year-old and 15-year-old.

Rev. Jimmy L. Gates, Pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church said in a press release, "Our future is at stake. We must restore family values and I am asking men of our great city to come forth and make a difference in our quest to give hope to hopeless."

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