Church groups in the Birmingham area are looking to a higher power to help end violence. They held an interfaith prayer vigil in the Titusville community over the weekend.
The vigil is in response to recent school shootings in Connecticut and the wave of violence that has swept across Alabama recently. It was held at Zion Star Missionary Baptist Church.
Ministers and pastors of several different faiths spoke to the crowd and prayed for victims' families and for peace. Above all else, they prayed that the violence would end.
"So, we're praying for the words of Chronicles to ask God to rid us of the evil that has plagued our city, our nation, and our community," said Father Peter Weiss with Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. "Just a couple of weeks ago, there were three murders just down the street from this church. So, we're gathering as a community for ending the violence."
Father Weiss believes that this is a cultural problem. He says there is too much violence on television, in video games, and even in books. He thinks parents need to pay attention to their children's activities to hopefully prevent a problem before it starts.
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