A local ministry is taking to the streets to stop shootings. After last week's rash of violence, members say they can't stay quiet. The group is hoping the sound of their march through the neighborhood of St. Roch will be another step closer to curbing violence in New Orleans.
"Our message today is to put down the guns, the drugs, the alcohol, the things that's triggering the animosity and anger in the community," said Sheri Hosley with Consuming Fire Ministries. Hosley organized the walk because she's had enough of the violence.
"We are tired of turning on the news and seeing crimes and murder in the streets," said Hosley. "We are tired of seeing our babies get murdered."
Last week, nine people were hurt in four separate shootings around New Orleans. It's something that several in the march are all too familiar with. Pamela Reed's oldest son was killed in a drive-by shooting almost ten years ago.
"It is a vicious cycle," said Reed. "It's constantly going around and around. I'm going to hurt your family, you hurt my family, and at some point it has to stop." Reed isn't alone. "I know the pain," added Margaret George. "I know the grief because I lost a child in 2004." George says she walked today for the next generation, hoping the march will bring change.
"We want our children to go in the right directions, we don't want them to be misled by things in the community," said Hosley."We want our kids to live a long life and not die before their time."
Hosley hopes their songs and prayers will serve as another reminder of that goal.