Angie Bailey and other choir members sing during a community meeting regarding violence in black neighborhoods at Universal Truth Center in Miami Gardens, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Pastors from different parts of the county spoke to about 70 people. photo by Miami Herald
Angie Bailey and other choir members sing during a community meeting regarding violence in black neighborhoods at Universal Truth Center in Miami Gardens, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Pastors from different parts of the county spoke to about 70 people. photo by Miami Herald

*Before families in Miami’s black communities bury loved ones killed by violent shootings, they call a pastor, says the Miami Herald.

Then pastors console grief-stricken mothers and fathers. And on the day of the funeral, usually a Saturday, they look into the tear-streaked faces of mourners and deliver a eulogy that touches on the value of life.

The victims’ names and ages change, but the somber process is almost formulaic.

“I’m tired of burying our children. I do an average of two funerals a Saturday,” said the Rev. Billy Strange of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty City. “When I get a break, I thank God. Sixty or 70 percent of the funerals I do are homicides.”

Armed with the word of God, Strange leads a coalition of pastors from Miami-Dade County’s urban communities who are tackling the issue of violent crimes. The pastors hail from Richmond Heights, Overtown, Liberty City, Miami Gardens and parts of unincorporated Miami-Dade. Their mission is dubbed CAP, derived from “Call A Pastor.”

Read the full story at the Miami Herald.


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