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Church rallies to stop the violence, Memphis Tigers give back

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Memphis, TN (WMC-TV) - After five murders in four days in the Memphis area, one community rallied back against the violence Sunday, with help from the Memphis Tigers.

The Memphis Tigers Basketball players' schedules are jam packed. But they and Coach Josh Pastner made time to get involved in the community Sunday night.

"Yes, winning is fun but there is so much more of a higher calling," Pastner said. There's way more importance of that, if we can make a difference in the community and give back, be good people, and I like to say less is more, staying grounded staying humble."

Before handing out vouchers for Thanksgiving dinners for families in need, the Tigers participated in a service at New Bethel Temple. The message against violence resonated with Tigers Guard Willie Kemp.

"Just like the one lady said, she had her son killed in 1992 by his best friend, but she's still here, she forgave the person who killed her son, be blessed, thank God for every day," Kemp said.

The past few days were especially deadly in Memphis. In just four days, five people were murdered, two of them were teenagers. New Bethel Temple Pastor Aaron Litzsey hoped to get a message through to the community.

"It almost seems commonplace, a lot of times when you hear about things so often, it becomes that's another person, but that's a human life, that's a soul of a person, that's someone's brother," Litzsey said.

As the Tigers players handed out tickets to people who would otherwise be without a Thanksgiving dinner, they saw one more reason to be thankful this year.

"We're playing basketball, we're blessed, we have clothes on our back, food to eat every day and some families don't have that," Kemp said.

Four hundred people received vouchers for Thanksgiving Dinners, which they will pick up Monday night at New Bethel Temple.

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