DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – At Glendale Park in South Dallas Monday evening, families gathered alongside local faith leaders to pray.
“I challenge the city to enter into seven days of peace and no violence,” Pastor James Armstrong III said.READ MORE: Man Fatally Shot While Meeting To Fight Suspect In Park In Arlington, Police Say
“As a pastor, as a leader and as a preacher, I want to use my platform to see that these things don’t keep happening,” Pastor Earl D. Thomas said.
Thomas was 9-year-old Brandoniya Bennett’s pastor. Last Wednesday, she became an innocent victim of gang-related violence in east Dallas.
Then, not even a day later, 21-year-old Christopher Whitfield was killed in south Oak Cliff. He is another victim of gun violence. Whitfield is the son of DISD Trustee Maxie Johnson.READ MORE: Texas House Members Urge Gov. Abbott To Reverse Ban On Mask Mandates In Public Schools
“The pain that I feel losing a son, the pain that his mom feels, having to see her son go out of the world in that fashion, it’s hard on her,” Johnson said. “I’m going to ask everyone to not just pray for me but once again pray for his mom.”
Johnson, and others in attendance, are now calling on the community to do better.
“To those who choose to take someone’s life in their hands, it is our prayer, because we’re crying out tonight, that those who choose to make that type of choice that they would think twice,” No More Violence’s Patricia Allen said.
“We’re going to stand with the community and we’re gonna run this violence out of our community,” Johnson said.MORE NEWS: Sparked By Pandemic Fallout, Homeschooling Surges Across US
There are more prayer gatherings scheduled for this week. The next one takes place Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at White Rock Lake Park.