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Prayer march to end violence in Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

People gather on Waterloo's east side praying to end crime and violence in the community.

"It's about saying no to the crimes that has been occurring...it's about prayers being offered of repentance for sins that have been created here on the soil in Waterloo," said organizer Shari Dale.

Vigil goers say one of their concerns is the gun violence, like Ras Smith who grew up in town. "From personal experience, my grandmother's house has been shot through twice....once through her bedroom window and.the bullet was six inches from where she lays her head at night," Smith said.

They admit Waterloo has a lot of good things going for it, but the violence overshadows that. "Behind the violence is not people, but it's demonic spirits, its sources in the heavenly realms...we don't wrestle with the flesh, we wrestle against  spirits, so that's the source, that's the initial source behind the things that are occurring," Dale added.

But they're not just praying for Waterloo. They also have the recent tragic events from around the country involving police, fresh on their minds.

Once prayers were said, the small group began marching in silence to Lincoln Park. Organizers say the walk in silence is a way to ask God for forgiveness.

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