Local pastor hits the streets with message to end violence

People marched through Queensborough neighborhood

Shreveport, La. - A local pastor takes action to end violence in Shreveport neighborhoods.

Bishop Carey McCall is organizing neighborhood marches as a response to recent shootings. He hopes it will help connect more people in living in higher crime communities.

After a moment of prayer on Monday evening outside the Boys and Girls club, marchers with their message in hand, take to the streets of Queensborough.

"If we do not change we will continue to lose young men and young women to senseless violence," said Darius Kimble, Minister Mount Olive Baptist Church.

Pastor McCall said he organized marches like these ten years ago, but with the recent surge of shootings he's rallying again. 

"We are commissioned to do it. It's time for the churches to take their rightful places back in the communities," said Carey McCall, Bishop New Beginnings Praise Ministries.

He's invites other local pastors and the public to help break the cycle for the next generation. 

"If they think that violence is the answer then every generation will get worse. So we stop it while our little ones get older then they can say there's another solution that gun violence and killing," said Kellandria Pratt , participant and youth counselor.

"It's means to stop the killing and shooting. I'm afraid of getting killed," said young participant, Shanya.

Bishop McCall wants to organize a larger march with all local churches marching together on one day in Shreveport.

Last week they marched through Cedar Grove and next week they will march through the Mooretown neighborhood.

 

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