Cleveland churches unite against youth gun violence

CLEVELAND - Area churches are looking to a higher power to help end gun violence. And, they're voicing their concerns to city officials.

Councilman Kevin Conwell held a public hearing Thursday with the Federation of Network Ministries. Dozens of concerned residents gathered at city hall to take a stand against the crime and its ripple effect.

Elder Andrew Clark, the pastor of Trinity Outreach Ministries, led the discussion with help from a group of young people called "100 Voices of Triumph." They presented the council with ideas on how the city could tackle the issue, plaguing the community.

Clark said the long-term goal is to have legislation drafted by the city. In the meantime, local churches are planning to alternate hosting events on Saturdays. 

"Of course, these weekend gatherings certainly give our kids alternative locations to go, as opposed to doing things they should not do."

Councilman Conwell said community involvement is key to dealing with violence. "I hope we can come up with a solution and then get a group of the pastors and ultimately, take our ideas to the state."

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