Crown Heights residents sing carols at gun violence hot spots

Motivation: Minister Kathy Elliott of local organization Womens Motivational Services said a prayer with the carolers on Saturday night.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

They caroled for a cause.

Crown Heights residents combined Christmas tunes and combatting gun violence on Dec. 12, signing carols on some of the neighborhood’s most crime-ridden blocks.

It was a special show of holiday spirit from a close-knit community, said a local pol who teamed up with a neighborhood church for the event.

“It was a heartwarming experience to see the community once again come out in spirit of the holiday season as we sang, we hugged, we stopped and prayed at different areas where people lost their lives to gun violence,” said Assemblywoman Diana Richardson (D–Crown Heights).

The event kicked off at the Beulah Church of the Nazarene on St Johns Place, where carolers gathered for a group prayer and a tree-lighting ceremony, before making their way through the neighborhood, stopping to sing at spots where fatal shootings have taken place.

The caroling crusade tackled a dark issue, but was nevertheless full of joy, said the Assemblywoman.

“The ceremony was a beautiful display of the community coming together to spread some holiday cheer,” she said.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at ahobbs@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Joy to the world: Carolers kicked off the evening with a tree lighting at the Beulah Church of the Nazarene before making their way to sites around the community where gun violence had occured.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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