A local community rallied for safer streets, hoping to end the war on drugs.
The Drug Market Initiative involves Roanoke Police and several local churches.
With song and prayer, participants walked through the Rugby neighborhood hoping to spread the message of hope, among abandon buildings and drug traffic.
“Young, old... I was just amazing to see all the walks of life out here and how many people we can touch by prayer,” said participant Lisa Allagas.
She’s hoping to touch those who are no stranger to seeing what happens on their block. Some city leaders are also speaking out about the crime activity.
“We're talking drug, drug abuse, sales; shooting. Drugs bring all of those things in the community. It destroys; it tears down the fiber of the community,” said councilman Sherman Lea.
“Things are a lot worse off than I imagine in some places, especially so close to home," said participant Charlee Newkirk.
For some the reality is all too real. Some walkers are from neighboring cites but the common goal is to bring together a community through spirituality.
“Continue to pray for the Roanoke valley it's an awesome place,” Allagas says.
“I think it means a lot for the neighborhood to see citizens taking their Saturday morning to come out and to pray for them and helping them to find spiritual guidance, through the trouble, turmoil and the things that have happened,” said Lea.
Participants also stopped and prayed at each abandoned home they saw, hoping for a change.