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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) A local pastor is looking to stop senseless killings and prevent more bloodshed in the wake of the murder of a young Lafayette man, 20-year-old Zaveon Willis.

He’s hoping his event called, ‘The Funeral is Cancelled’ will show young people the impact violent crime can have.

By using actors in a live re-enactment depicting scenes of gang violence, drug abuse, and police brutality, he hopes to send a powerful message for youth.

“We don’t want to just let something happen and say, ‘Okay, it’s a normal thing.’ No, we’re not putting up with that,” Christopher Bernard, a community activist against gun violence, said.

Community activists like Bernard and Lawrence Levy organized the event, ‘The Funeral is Cancelled,’ to raise awareness for young kids choosing a violent lifestyle.

“These kids need us. I really don’t think it’s the kids’ faults. I think that it’s the community at large’s fault, and we are trying to stop this gun violence completely,” Lawrence Levy, the Senior Pastor at Freedom World Ministries, said.

He says he hopes the images will strike a chord with people in the community.

“The men in Lafayette, stand up and let’s connect as kings and begin to mentor these babies because at the end of the day, many of them are fatherless. Many of them don’t have a mentor. Many of them don’t have a man or a male figure to look up to that can lead them into adulthood, so at the end of the day, they’re being raised by things that they shouldn’t be raised by,” Levy added.

He says the community must come together to create change, and that starts with realizing what’s happening in the community.

“So I’m asking every man in Lafayette that cares, black white, rich, poor, pastor, non-pastor, it doesn’t matter. Stand up. Come together. Connect with us so we can find out what the solution is,” Levy said.

Pastor’s show “the funeral is cancelled” depicts what happens with life gets real

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