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Faith based activists not giving up in face of spike in violence in Milwaukee

After so much talk about rallying the community to stop the gun violence in Milwaukee, the city had one of the worst weekends to date, with eight homicides from last Thursday through Tuesday.

It included the fatal shooting of a 14 year old not too far from the holiday fireworks show.

But faith based leaders are not giving up and spoke at length live on the CBS 58 News at 4 p.m.

Richard Schwoegler who the public came to know for his advocacy for the family in the still unsolved murder of little Laylah Petersen says he is encouraged by the dozens of people who have signed up for the city's chaplaincy program.

As of yet, though, though, they have not begun to accompany Milwaukee Police to crime scenes. Schwoegler tells CBS 58 News that they are waiting to be activated by the department and expect that to happen soon.

Also appearing on the 4 p.m. newscast was Pastor Brian McKee of the City of Light Church.

He has organized an adopt a neighborhood program and says even in the face of rejection at first, they are spreading a message of love in the community that they know will eventually take hold.

Please see attached images for more information on becoming a chaplain. 

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