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Memphians hold peace rally for Charleston

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Memphians took the the streets Saturday to pray for the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina massacre and to pray for an end to gun violence.

This weekend, Memphis Mothers Against Violence joined area ministers and other groups in a prayer for the victims and their families in Charleston.

"Over 170-some murders last year in memphis alone, you know," said Bridget Bradley of the Memphis Mothers Against Violence. "We just felt like we had to get out. We had to do something."

Many at the rally know that the gunman opened fire on church members because he wanted to start a race war. However, they feel his plan backfired.

"Yeah it did backfire," said Delvin Lane of the 901 Block Squad. "We're not going to let anything separate us. I've got white brothers and sisters calling us, trying to get in the movement, and we're just going to keep pushing."

Members believe violence will decrease if enough people come together and protest against it. They are asking for area churches to take the lead.

"The only way evil can prosper is when people of good will stand back and do nothing," said Pastor George Ward.

They say whether it is Memphis or Charleston, people have to speak out against violence.

"I can't imagine what the families are going through, to have your loved ones gunned down in their church," Bradley said. "It does something to me."

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