Walk intended as sign against violence in Danville

DANVILLE — Danville area residents are planning to walk together in neighborhoods throughout the city on Saturday evening as a peaceful way to take back the streets from incidents of violence.

Organizers are planning a prayer walk from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

"We are asking everybody in the community to walk throughout their own neighborhoods and just pray," said Pastor Thomas Miller, senior minister at New Life Church of Faith and one of the organizers of the walk. "We want to take back our streets here in Danville from gun violence, gang activities and illegal drug activities."

Miller said he, other pastors and other community leaders decided to hold the walk as a public and peaceful way to stop violence.

"Over the past few months there have been some killings and other violence," Miller said. "We need to pray together as a community. As a minister I know that prayer absolutely works."

Miller is asking participants to consider wearing white T-shirts as they walk through their own neighborhoods.

"People can walk by themselves or with their neighbors in the neighborhood," Miller said. "The thing we want to stress is this will be a peaceful prayer walk with absolutely no aggression."

For more information on the event, call Miller at (217) 446-8214,

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