STOCKTON -- Multiple bullet holes are seen at a home on Ponce de Leon Avenue and Acapulco Way in Stockton. The mark of a tragedy, and the sign of another life lost in this neighborhood.
The Stockton Police Department says a 31-year-old man was found gunned down inside the home around midnight on Friday.
"Tears have no color. We shed tears over the people that are losing their lives. We have one goal and purpose an that’s to bring healing," Pastor Curtis Smith, the Chairman of PACT told FOX40.
Smith is one of several religious leaders who are trying to promote peace within the city to stop the violence that has occurred often.
FOX40 spoke off camera with children in the neighborhood who said they heard at least 10 gunshots around 12:15 a.m. A sound they’ve heard before.
FOX40 was in the same neighborhood back in June when a father of four was killed. Neighbors we spoke with at the time described violent scenes. That’s exactly what religious leaders are trying to change.
Pastor Smith said he and other members of "People and Congregations Together," or PACT, are working to bring back what’s known as “night walks” to violent neighborhoods like Ponce de Leon Avenue.
“That’s what we’re really trying to bring back is the national strategy that’s been used to reduce violence in Richmond, in Oakland and some of the other areas,” Smith said.
During these night walks, religious leaders hit the streets and speak to gang members and kids, to “get a hold of the young people."
"It starts with reaching the young," Pastor Deedee Jauraqui of the Dream Center said.
It's an effort to intervene, and an effort to change the tide of violence. “We have to continue doing the work to bring unity, peace and healing to our communities,” Smith said.
They’re also working to bring families and police officers together through events. They have a unity day scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Dorothy Jones Community Center in Stockton.