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."