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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Prominent community leaders challenged their community Sunday to change their apathetic approach in regards to combating violence on the city's southeast side.

"It's going to take the individual efforts of people, not the collective energy of a system," said Rev. Jerry Bishop of Life Quest Ministries.

After a week of violence that claimed the lives of two individuals and sent several others to local hospitals, Bishop preached to his congregation that the answer to combating violence is through a message of hope and love.

Police have added extra patrols in the city's urban corridor, but some told WZZM 13 News, the more grassroots organizations like Strong Fathers will have a large impact.

"No one wants to invest in hope," said Toni Joliffi of the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute. "We invest in the brick and the mortar but an actual life coach... how many young African American men between ages 14 and 24 actually have a life coach?"

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