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St. Louis Clergy Coalition Steps in to Help with Gun Violence

May 25, 2018 - 7:57 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - With 64 murders so far in 2018, and close to the pace that saw St. Louis total more than 200 homicides last year, the St. Louis Clergy Coalition is discussing ways to help reduce that.

Reverend Charles Norris says they're partnering with the group Better Family Life to address the problem.

“We’re partnering with their gun de-escalation sites that they have, where we look at individuals that have some issues with one another and through some mediators, some trained resources, they try to get the parties together and come up with a truce, so we might be able to reduce the incidents of gun violence,” he says

The Clergy Coalition held a half-day long meeting to discuss the latest strategies for cutting down on violence in the city. Norris says according to the St. Louis police department, a relatively low number of murders are tied to gang activity.

“Murders break out into three major categories, one being drug related, two being people who just have some issues with one another, and third is domestic violence,” he says.