In-Depth: Community group calling to end violence |

In-Depth: Community group calling to end violence

Updated: May 03, 2021 05:13 PM
Created: May 03, 2021 04:31 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The deadly attempted carjacking in Gates in which two teenagers are charged and other high profile cases involving teens are prompting calls for a community-wide approach to put an end to the violence.

News10NBC's Jennifer Mobilia went in-depth on one organization hoping to make a difference.

Clay Harris with Uniting and Healing Through Hope of Monroe County gave a passionate speech at Monday's press conference.

Harris said children are throwing their lives away, and we need to come together or the problem is only going to get worse.

He says he's urging people to get out of our homes, our churches and our offices and stand united, because not only are we losing young people, but also we're losing innocent people of all ages.

Harris said we need to change the hearts and minds of our young people because if we don't, we're going to lose our community and our country.

"A man lost his life because two children, allegedly 14 and 16 decided to douse this man with a flammable liquid and burned him basically alive how disturbing and how heinous is that," Harris said. "We sit back in our homes and our offices and our churches and we go, 'Wow that's bad, that's terrible,' but we're becoming desensitized and we cannot."

Uniting and Healing Through Hope of Monroe County is having a press conference Thursday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Ark of the Covenant Church.  

They're going to be laying out a plan to address the violence with a multi-pronged approach.

The entire community is invited to attend.

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