CLEVELAND - Local religious leaders and community activists called for peace in the wake of the Orlando terror attack.
Members of the Cleveland Clergy Alliance gathered on the steps of Cleveland City Hall Wednesday afternoon and prayed for the Orlando victims and their families.
“We want to send out condolences and sympathy to those in Orlando,” said Rev. Lorenzo Norris, pastor of Concord Baptist Church.
They were seeking a citywide end to violence deemed ‘48 Hours of Life’ this Father's Day weekend, an event planned before the Orlando shooting that has taken on greater urgency now.
“Hate crime and racial and ethnic division in this country should not be,” Norris said. “We're all one, we're all American, so we're coming together to let this city know that we want peace.”
The religious leaders said the attack was yet another tragic reminder of the need for change, including stricter gun control.
They called for the community to come together to end violence, saying it must start here.
“We know it's not only in Orlando, it’s across our nation, it's across the world,” said Lavonne Williams, with Simply United Together. “But the only thing we can do is change ourselves, so we have to start right here.”