"My job is to preach hope to the community," said Bishop Joseph McGauley III, Jefferson Memorial First Born Church. "Churches, pastors we have to come together and we have to do something about the violence and we have to take our city back this town that we love."
Born and raised in the flood city McGauley said it’s heartbreaking to see what’s happening to his hometown. The city’s sixth homicide happened about a week ago and down the street from the Prospect Church.
"That is someone's child, that is someone's grandchild that's someone's brother -cousin taken away,” said McGauley. “It's why I just say it's senseless and the violence has to stop."
McGauley would like to see the community, churches and pastors in the area work with the police on ways to stop the violence.
"Right now is a good time come on- let's grab more police community lets come together - lets take our city back."
The Bishop can be reached by calling 814-536-3857.
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