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Jackson Pastors call on community to help cut down on crime

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A group of Jackson pastors are calling on the community to come together and stop the violence following the capital city's 20th homicide of the year. 

“Jackson, we are better than this,” said Pastor Hosea Hines

Pastor Hosea Hines is with the 100 Concerned Clergy of Jackson. He along with members with Heal the City Coalition, and The Business Ministerial Alliance of Mississippi are fed up with the rise in crime.

They point to Tuesday's gun battle that left two dead and one injured.

READ MORE: Deadly day of shooting leaves two dead and one injured

“Most of our crime has to do with a lot of teens, so we know one thing we are going to have to do is we are calling out all our men,” said Pastor Aaron Banks.

They point out that the senseless acts of violence put citizens in fear and destroy families and communities.

"We need unity. We certainly need peace and we need a respect of life. We are going to come together on Monday, April 24, at 6:30 PM at Save-a-lot on the corner of Suncrest and McDowell and I'm encouraging all pastors and clergy to come in with their congregations and let's have a big rally as it relates to coming together," said The 100 Concerned Clergy of Jackson.

“One way to prevent crime is to come up with methods within our community. If you see something, say something.  We are helping to influence the minds of stakeholders in the community, so we can turn this situation around in the black community,” said Banks.

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