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Local woman hopes to stop violence through ministry and rallies

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

Local community members marched for miles chanting a message that could be heard for miles.

The rally started near Main and Willow Street and ended with a guest speaker that talked about stopping the violence.

"I set this up because Chattanooga has reached the top for murders," said Latoya Holloman, Event Organizer.

Community members gathered Saturday afternoon near the New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church hoping to make a difference by marching up and down the streets chanting loud and clear, a powerful message

Over 100 people showed up to walk miles, going door to door connecting with anyone that would hear their message, that violence needs to come to an end.

The organizer of the event Latoya Holloman says she doesn't mind the hard work it will take to try and keeps kids away from gangs and drugs off the streets.

Holloman told Channel 3 she believes her strategy will turn the increased crime rate in her community around. 

"Door to door ministry, inviting people to church, doing a rally and improving the youth any way we can," said Holloman.

The 'Stop the Violence March'  will be the first of many according to Holloman and the OPC group. They believe spreading the word, knocking on doors and not giving up will be the key to making a difference.

"The main thing to do is show a consistent presences. Be there day and night. Show them someone cares." said Stop the Violence Participant.

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