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Stop the violence rally held Wednesday near Foote Homes

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Neighbors and community leaders near Foote Homes, an area widely known for being filled with crime and violence, are working to change the image of their home.

They met, surrounded by food and music, to deliver an important message to the children and adults that showed up.

“Well we need to come together around anti-crime,” said Annesdale Cherokee Missionary Baptist Church pastor Dwight Montgomery. “We need to make sure that parents - you know where your child is. Give them the right direction."

Montgomery says it is time for the faith-based community to get more involved in encouraging peace in the community.

"We can't put all this on the police director and on the sheriff and on the mayor," he said.

Today's party is one of four they will hold this summer in various locations around the city.

The event also featured participation from local bikers and the F.F.U.N. “Stop the Killing” organization.

People in the neighborhood said it is uplifting to see people from around Memphis coming to their neighborhood to show support.

"For the little kids first of all, cause they don't need to be seeing all this crime, different behaviors that going on, we're trying to make them know that somebody loves these kids,” said neighbor Anthony Beck.

Even the youngsters seem to agree.

"Everybody needs that feeling to be loved, to be cared about,” said 19-year-old Earl Payne.

Other community outreach programs this summer will be held at Southside Park, Davis Park and the Cherokee Bethel Grove community.

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