Praying for peace in Chattanooga

Praying for peace in Chattanooga

Bobby Paris drops a card into a basket with the name of his son, Jordan Clark, during a prayer walk on Sept. 20 in Chattanooga, in remembrance of families affected by violence. Jordan Clark was killed in a shooting on Aug. 25. Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

By Chattanooga Times Free Press

One of 3 overnight shootings happened a block from where vigil leader's son died


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2015) -- Just a block away from where 20-year old Jordan Clark was fatally shot this summer, another 18-year-old male, Delvante White, was shot early Sunday.

Later the same day, Jordan Clark's mother and many others gathered for a prayer vigil against the violence that kills and wounds so many of the city's young men.

"We want to break into the cycle of revenge that fuels guns and we want to make high-profile reconciliation, not revenge," said the Rev. Charles Neal, minister emeritus at First-Centenary United Methodist Church.

White's shooting, which happened just after midnight on North Willow Street, was one of three shootings injuring four people Saturday night.

Local ministers, parishioners and Jordan Clark's mother, Satedra Smith, led the prayer vigil and walk Sunday evening, calling for an end to violence and reminding the city that all lives matter.

"We, as a people of faith, affirm that an eye for an eye will only make us blind," said Steve Derthick, of St. Elmo United Methodist Church.

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