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Youngstown city and church leaders make a call to stop the violence

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With seven Youngstown homicides in just the past two weeks, local clergy leaders are standing beside city leaders and making a call to stop the violence. 

A community block watch meeting held Thursday night at Greater Friendship Baptist Church opened with prayer. 

"I have no idea what we can do besides praying and asking the Lord to take care of it and working with the police department," said block watch organizer Elnora Sipp.

But during a press conference earlier that day, Police Chief Robin Lees said all too often those who know something don't say anything.

"We have a murder over on East Way Terrace that we're convinced we know who did it, but we don't have that little bit of information we need to close that case and that is often a problem," said Lees.

According to our print partner, The Vindicator, the city has had 20 homicides so far this year. That's still less than last year's 28. But, this recent spike has local church leaders standing beside their city leaders calling for the violence to stop. 

"I think it's just that code, of you know I'm not going to be a snitch. 'Snitches get stitches' and just that whole attitude of that's not my problem, not my issue. Well it is our, problem it is our issue," said Rev. Louis Macklin.

And a very clear message from some city and church leaders is that now is not the time for vengeance or to take matters into your own hands. They say that police with the help of the public can bring whoever is responsible for these crimes to justice. 

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