FRESNO, Calif. - A group of Valley pastors and religious leaders came together Thursday morning in a united front to honor to the victims of Tuesday's shooting. The diverse group from across Fresno and Clovis marched the streets where the gunman's rampage took place.
The group walked in the opposite direction the shooter took to symbolically reverse the trend in violence and bring peace to the city.
Bethany Inner City Church Pastor Jonathan Villalovos says the community needs to come together.
"Today we are here to claim peace and reconciliation and eliminate any situation that happens in the spiritual realm," said Villalovos. "We are united in our purpose in our city," he said.
Breaking Free Revival Center Senior Pastor Jymme Foote agrees.
"This is a time when division can raise up more violence and increase the walls that are already there. Let's use this opportunity in the name of the fallen people to come together. Let's stand up for what's right. We all believe in peace," said Foote.
Both pastors said Thursday morning was all about healing for all.
"We believe that we were in a sense cleansing the area and brining peace to the neighborhood that was violated Tuesday," said Foote.
"It's a symbol of what we want to happen. We want to go against what is happening to claim peace," said Villalovos.