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Local clergy get word out about weekend of prayer to stop violence

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

It's been another deadly year in Kansas City. With three full months remaining in 2013 the city already has 86 homicides, compared to 81 at this time last year.

That's why local clergy are trying to get the word out about the weekend of prayer to try and stop the violence.

Those who attended Tuesday morning's press conference are calling for violence in Kansas City to stop.

"This problem of violence, this plague over our city can no longer be a 'their problem.' It's only going to get solved if it's an 'our problem,'" said Rabbi Doug Albert.

It's a message the clergy are trying to drive home with a weekend of prayer running from Oct. 4-6. They are urging everyone in the Kansas City area to pray this weekend.

The group KC NoVA signed a commitment of the clergy Tuesday to do all they can to try and help.

"We all are standing in the gap believing that we can do something," said Rev. Donna McDaniel of the Northmoor United Methodist Church.

The clergy said the violence in Kansas City has got to stop, which is why they are urging everyone to come together. They said the power of prayer is an amazing thing.

"I think it makes a difference, I think it mobilizes people, I think it energizes the spiritual power that we each have," said Dr. Stephen Jones of the First Baptist Church of Kansas City, MO.

"It quickens your solidarity with everyone around you, especially for those who are most vulnerable," said Bob Hill with Community Christian Church.

The group is also hoping the awareness this week will help find new information about the August killings of 28-year-old Myeisha Turner and her young daughter.

"We know that it is our children, these are our families," Hill said.

It's a message the groups hope will echo loud in the community.

If you'd like more information, you can join the group's Facebook page - www.facebook.com/KCNoVA2013

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