Mothers Against Teen Violence and the Erie Peace Initiative held a special program this afternoon in Perry Square.
Today's "Stop The Violence Prayer Vigil" had members of the community coming together, hugging one another, and praying for those that have felt the results of city violence.
Representatives of the Benedictines for Peace, the Sisters of St. Joseph, and the African American Concerned Clergy were all in attendance.
The crowd grew as individuals that walked through the park wanted to have their voices heard as well.
During a speech from erie resident Sonya Arrington, the crowd began to chant "stop the violence" in support.
The event began around 12:15pm and lasted for about a half hour.
At the conclusion of the presentation, those in attendance were encouraged to continue to pray each day for peace.
It is the hopes of organizers that these events will help the community take back the city.