St. Louisans come together to honor fallen murder victims and pray for peace

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A north St. Louis murder this weekend brings the city's homicide total for the year to 186, with the City of St. Louis headed toward the most homicides seen in decades.

The homicides numbers are staggering, and community leaders gathered today calling for action; and to shine a light on the tragic toll on gun violence in St. Louis.

Earlier in the week a gunman opened fire on two people outside a banquet hall in North St. Louis Friday afternoon leaving one man dead.

The shooting followed a funeral service, as one of the victim’s cousins was buried.

Then Sunday morning a male victim was found shot in the head in an alley in the 3700 block of Lincoln in North St. Louis, bringing the total of homicides to a level not seen in decades

Late Sunday afternoon community leaders held a prayer vigil   at St. John's Church the Beloved Community in North St. Louis to commemorate the victims.

In attendance, families who are leading the fight against crime after losing their own loved ones to gun violence.

Community leaders would like to know when the violence will end.  They also wondered if what is happening in St. Louis is any indication what's going on in the country that the country is in very bad shape.

“Stand with the moms in St. Louis all these wonderful mothers groups tonight we heard from the dads to stand with the mothers and say no to gun violence," said Rabbi Susan Talve.

The faces of many of the victims were on display at Sundays services, featuring images of 21 young children murdered in St. Louis in recent months.

Today's service was sponsored by the Women's Voices and 14 other local organizations.