Dozens gather for prayer then ride through area known for violence with hopes of promoting peace in KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Saturday, motorcycle clubs, car clubs and others took part in a ride for peace to stop the trend and remember the victims of violence.

Dozens of people passed out nearly 10,000 flies in the neighborhood surrounding Troost Avenue, in Kansas City, Mo.

"That is where most of the homicides happen in Kansas City," rider Tony Caldwell said. "So, they want to go right to the heart of where it's going on."

Organizers said the ride is not inspired by the events in Dallas or Baton Rouge, but instead by the killings in Kansas City's own backyard. In 2015, there were 109 homicides.

Caldwell said the peace ride has continued for four years, but Saturday's ride focused on mentorship and making connections within the community.

"We know the loss of life is always hard," Caldwell said. "That's why we are here today. We've had too many murders in Kansas City, too many senseless shootings in Kansas City, too much violence."

Organizers plan to have a second peace ride next month focused on violence in Kansas.

 

 

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