Roanoke community members gather for prayer vigil to stop gun violence

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — In Roanoke, community leaders are saying “enough is enough” when it comes to gun violence in the Star City.

Since January, more than 20 people have been hurt or killed just from shootings in Roanoke.

A prayer vigil was held over the weekend in hopes of reflecting on the recent violence and promote safety for youth in the community.

Service providers, members of the clergy, and elected officials all attended the vigil.

Roanoke city leaders say it’s time for change, but when it comes to new initiatives, it takes a village.

“There is now a plague that has attacked our community, with these youth on youth gun violence. And if we don’t do something now, it’s not going to get better, it’s going to get worse,” said Stephanie Moon-Reynolds with the Roanoke City Council.

“We care,” Mayor Sherman Lea said. “To let them know we’re just not sitting on our hands, and we want to come out, hear from them and share with them some thoughts, our concerns, and where we’re headed as we go forward.”

Clergymen in the community plan to hold prayer vigils at least once a month.

Lea also says he will meet with several citizens this week to form an action committee in hopes of preventing further gun violence in the Star City.

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