Monday, November 21, 2011

Nine shot-two dead-in two days!
First Responders Homicide PrayerWalk:
Tuesday, November 22nd, 5:00-6:00 PM
Meet at Freedom Worship Center, 3015 Parker
then to the two sites nearby at 5:15 PM

Media Reports:
2:16 AM Saturday police found Jacquez Simmis, 23, dead at the corner of 33rd Ave & Burdette. Simmis' friend, Dominic Richards, also shot, told police the two had been walking down the street when someone shot them.

At 3:25 a.m. Saturday, James Mun, 19, suffered gunshot wounds at 1915 N. 27th Street and died of his injuries on Sunday afternoon. Two dead in just over an hour eight blocks apart.

The spree started around 1:45 Saturday morning outside Club X at 24th and O and ended Sunday afternoon at 5:00 PM with three critically wounded at 36th & Martin. At this time the shootings have not been connected.

Directions:
 At 5:00 PM Tuesday, meet in the parking lot at Freedom Worship Center, 3015 Parker where we will split into two groups, one to 1915 N. 27th Street and the other to 33rd Ave & Burdette, each 4 blocks away. We are encouraging those that can to PrayerWalk the 4 blocks to either site. After praying at each site for about 15 minutes we will reconvene at Freedom to pray into the overall violence in the city... especially this weekend. We should be done by 7:00 PM

Insights:
Some of you may recall that 30th & Parker was a high priority area in 2008 where we saw God answer prayer after a number of prayer walks in that area based out of Freedom and Salem Churches that saw the removal of the Pleasant View Housing Projects and no homicides in 2009 and one in 2010. This weekend makes 4 Homicides so far this year within an 6 block radius of Freedom Church... In this area, one homicide last year and three of four this year were within 2 blocks of 33rd Ave & Burdette. This is another sober reminder of what we are learning in our battle against violence. To keep violence down in an area there must be an ongoing visible prayer presence and strong networking that brings together churches, schools, businesses, neighborhood alliances, police, and concerned neighbors.

Please Note:
First Responder PrayerWalks are not “prayer-vigils” on behalf of the family but a community response to violence. Family members are invited if we have contact info, and our team reaches out to care and minister to them as Jesus would.

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