Clergy and police gather in St. Louis for prayer vigil to end gun violence

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - With a rise in violence in St. Louis, religious leaders came together to offer prayers for peace.

The prayer vigil was held at Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church in north St. Louis.

Area pastors, along with police officials like Chief Sam Dotson, attended the prayer vigil Friday afternoon.

Organizers of the vigil would like know when the violence will end.

“Guns are far too easy to get in the hands of young people. Young people are willing to use guns in acts of violence and those acts hurt all of us," said Chief Dotson.

The clergy prayed to give police strength and courage to help fight crime.

Chief Sam Dotson said it will take a united community to help end the violence.

Organizers hope Friday's prayer vigil sends a strong message that the community and police must work together to end the violence.