Clergy Hold Meeting To Come Up With A Plan To Stop Violence In Memphis

MEMPHIS, TENN (localmemphis.com) - Tuesday night clergy and community members talked about action to stand up against violence, while the mother of a murdered toddler looked on.

Organizers said they want to team up, in part after the shooting death of 2- year- old Laylah Washington. Washington was shot and killed while riding in her mother's car in early June.

Many spoke up renewing a call for justice for Laylah's death and for her killer to come forward.

Washington's mother attended the meeting and thanked everyone for their support.

At least 50 people came to Bloomfield Baptist Church to start working toward a shared approach to cut down on violence across the city.

For a moment things got heated when a minister expressed frustration with church leaders about wanting to see more of them in the neighborhoods.

Getting the power of the church out in the communities is what organizers say this new joined effort is about.

Organizer Pastor Ralph White offered a rough plan that includes partnering with police, businesses, government and bringing church and mentorship to neighborhoods.

Some who attended the meeting said this was just the start.

"We have to come together in order to make sure that that again the killer is found and that we do something to stop the violence in the city. We don't, We got to start somewhere and Pastor White said it at the best place to start is at the beginning," said Dr. Tonya Lyons with Rock Church Memphis.

Organizers said at the next meeting they'll put together proposed solutions. That meeting is set for Monday July 17.

 

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