As for gun violence, the community is still reeling for the latest murder on Wednesday of a 16 year old playing basketball at Homestead Park on Youngstown's south side.
 
Religious and community leaders held an anti-violence walk as they work to continue to try and save children from that outcome.
 
A network of Youngstown churches and faith based groups sponsored a prayer walk folks gathering at the corner of Market and Avondale. 
 
Reverend Simon along with The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Baptist Pastors Council, ACTION, Mahoning Valley Association of Churches and the Community Mobilization Coalition hosted the prayer walk.
 
 
"The church has to have a presence in the neighborhoods in the communities that are being riddled with bullets," Reverend Kenneth Simon said.
 
As they walk streets on Youngstown's South side they stop to pray for peace, blessings, safety over families and people in the neighborhoods. 
 
They also pray against a spirit of violence and retaliation, two factors that drive many murders in the city.
 
"Many of the incidents that are occurring in the community are occurring in ways that are out of my personal control, but I know God he has his hand over all of us," Leslie Kitchen emphasized.
 
"I do believe if we continue to come together and come up with ideas, the violence can be reduced," Josie Lyon, President of the 7th Ward Citizens Coalition said.
 
A mom who knows pain of violence first hand walks in her son's Landon Lockwood's memory and all other murder victims. LaJena Solomon tells WFMJ News she wants to hear good things happening, and these kids, teens, and young adults are worth saving.
"We really need to put more things in this community for the kids to do. A lot more." Solomon said.
Reverend Simon the pastor of New Bethyl Baptist Church says church and community leaders are walking the walk, and taking steps beyond this walk with prayer for the community.
 
He tells WFMJ News his church and other churches are inviting kids  in neighborhoods to VBS, Vacation Bible School,  they have mentors to help young teens and young adults. They have been training people how to handle conflict resolution and mediate between people.
 
"We are tapping into resources where parents can get help. We want to give parents resources that they need as parents. They need support and sometimes training to help raise their children and keep them from a lifetime of violence," said Pastor Simon.
 
"It's five percent of the population are committing acts of violence. We need more people on streets to take back our neighborhood from violence," emphasized Simon.