FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A group of area mothers prayed for peace Sunday night at the Ward AME Church in Florissant. The prayers come as a grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown is expected in the near future.
"We pray that our prayers will be heard and that the unrest that everyone is expecting will not be what they expect," said Rev. Karen Anderson, Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Mothers March for Justice is calling for an end to all violence around the St. Louis area. The event was organized by three local pastors and a professor. One of those pastors believes mothers can have a powerful impact on curbing violence.
"We all know what it feels like to love someone more than you love yourself," said Rev. Traci Blackmon. "There is a common thread that draws us together and allows us to have conversations that other people are not able to have right now."
Organizers say the number of homicides in St. Louis has risen at an alarming rate. According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the department has investigated 121 homicides during the 1st 10 months of 2014. There were 93 homicides in St. Louis City during the same time period last year.
"So we are here not just until this decision comes out, but we will be here until we can actualize the decrease of violence in the streets of St. Louis," said Blackmon.
Anderson understands there will be demonstrations if there is dissatisfaction with the grand jury.
"We hope and pray that there will be calm and a peace, but that's not to say that we will be silent."