Clergy, residents call for renewed effort to oppose gang violence

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Clergy and residents in Roxbury and Dorchester called Sunday for renewed efforts to oppose gang violence in the aftermath of a deadly start to the year.

At Roxbury’s Twelfth Baptist Church, the Rev. Jeffrey L. Brown prayed that God would “stay the hand of violence” in all the city’s neighborhoods.

“I pray . . . that you talk to these young people who are at risk of violence, who are ensconced in the violence, Lord,” Brown said from the pulpit. “And Lord, speak to us today, help us to stand . . . in our neighborhoods, in our community.”

Brown, a co-founder of the anticrime Boston TenPoint Coalition, was among a group of clergy who met Wednesday with Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Superintendent in Chief William Gross to discuss ways to stop the killings.

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