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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A group of church members in Whitehaven marched for change on Friday night.

“We’re out here for peace. We want peace in our community, peace in the surrounding areas. We want to pray to stop the violence,” Rechell Leflore said.

Members from several churches walked down Elvis Presley and East Shelby Drive to Southland Mall.

Citizens held hands with police to pray for those killed in the Bluff City.

“The crime rates appear to be very high, and it seems like there’s a lot of continuous crimes,” Leflore said.

“We have been plagued with crime, and we want to do something about it,” Pastor Russell Belisle said.

Pastors said the first step was being seen by the community holding on to their faith and onto signs letting everyone know their lives mattered.