Saginaw pastor leads anti-violence rally after rash of homicides

About a dozen people gathered for an anti-violence rally at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Saginaw Thursday.

Pastor Larry Camel, who founded Parishioners on Patrol, led the group in an evening of song and prayer after a rash of homicides. The most recent happened early Tuesday morning. Police say 35-year-old Gordan Donald Meador was shot and killed. Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the murder of 22-year-old Michelle Crisp who was found dead on Phelon near South Park on Saturday. Police also say two suspects remain at large in the pre-prom shooting that killed 17-year-old Tonquinisha McKinley May 23.

Camel says the police can only do so much and says people need to get over the fear of retaliation and report tips to police to help solve these crimes.

â??I feel it necessary that we come together and really pray about the city, and really get residents together and church members to really be seeking God about this situation that's going on in our community,â?? Camel said.

Camel led community members around the corner from his church on Warren St. to Phelon St., where Crisp's body was found, and led the group in prayer again.

Anyone with information in the recent murders of Meador, Crisp and McKinley are asked to call Saginaw Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL.