Day of prayer as police investigate pedestrian run down

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis and Shelby County mayors have declared this a day of prayer after several violent incidents in recent weeks.

Even as Mayor Willie Herenton of the city and Mayor A C Wharton of the county call for peace, police are investigating an incident in which a woman was run down by a car yesterday. It was the city's sixth homicide in the past week and the 88th of the year.

Relatives identified the victim as 47-year-old Renee Godwin, who lived in the Orange Mound section of the city.

Witnesses say a car ran over Godwin and dragged her for a block, then backed over her and rolled over her a third time as it sped away.

Among the six victims within the last week were three youngsters -- eleven-year-old Martez Henderson, 13-year-old Melissa Robinson and 17-year-old Jermaine Young. All three died of gunshot wounds.

Wharton says the prayer rally at Civic Center Plaza will show that people in government don't have all the answers to the problem.

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