Pastors, churches to march around First Ward in response to violence over the Christmas holiday

Pastors, churches to march around First Ward in response to violence over the Christmas holiday

The Flint community is grieving after a violent end to the Christmas holiday and the ongoing rise in crime.

Pastors and churches say enough is enough and will march today (December 29) to speak out and pray for change.

Homicides in the city were up 23.7 percent and violent crimes were up 19.24 percent, according to Flint Police Department statistics. Over the Christmas weekend three shootings left four people dead — including an infant — all within a matter of hours.

“Our city is experiencing a hike in violent crimes, what happened over the holiday is inexcusable and horrendous,” says Pastor Christoper Martin, pastor of Cathedral of Faith. “We have a responsibility to one another, to stand up when something is wrong, the church has to speak out and pray, we cannot just sit back and allow violence to overtake our city.”

Pastors, community leaders and activists will meet at Cathedral of Faith Church, 6301 DuPont St., at 3:00 pm today (December 29) to march and pray in the First Ward.

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