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Chattanooga Times Free Press, Doug Strickland
In a Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 photo, people join hands in prayer at a location in Chattanooga during a prayer walk along Tunnel Boulevard to sites where shootings have occurred. The walk was led by Pastor Charlotte Williams to help curb community violence and show that residents are not afraid.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A number of Chattanooga churches and law enforcement are collaborating to try to quell the city's violence.

So far this year there have been 25 homicides in Chattanooga, compared to 17 in all of 2013.

Earlier this month, women with United Methodist churches in the city organized and conducted four days of prayer walks and programs focused on curbing street violence, as well as child abuse and domestic violence.

The Eastdale Village Community Church was among those taking part. Other churches include Stanley United, Hurst United, Wells Chapel and Randolph United.

Police officers are also participating in some of the community prayer walks, calling for a partnership between law enforcement and the community to fight crime.