MILWAUKEE -- A prayer for Milwaukee. Close to 100 people gathered in Washington Park with a message on Thursday, July 7th. Victims of violence joined others to pray for peace.
"Violence has taken over," said Elaine Freeman, Tamecca Perry's aunt.
In the crowd at Washington Park, those who live have been changed by violence.
"It makes you think there isn't that much love left in the world. It's still very painful for the whole family," said Freeman.
Elaine Freeman's niece, Tamecca Perry, was shot and killed in early March. The shooting also took the life of her unborn baby.
Tamecca's suspected killer was on the run, but arrested about a week ago.
"It won't bring Tamecca back, it won't bring her and her baby back, but it's a relief to know that justice will be served," said Freeman.
Organizers encouraged those in the crowd to spread a message of peace.
"Let them know someone cares and we're praying God will give us a move, so they can turn their lives around," said Joseph Parnell, minister.
They are hopeful that message sticks with young people.
"I think they need to know they are loved and that someone understands their plight," said Parnell.
A prayer for a city, loved by many, at a time people say it is needed the most.