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Ministers work to stop Pine Bluff Violence after Thanksgiving Day Homicide

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(KATV) A homicide in Pine Bluff on Thanksgiving Day likely took place while a child was present in the home, according to police. Pine Bluff Police were called Thursday to an apartment where 25 year-old Dametrick McDaniel was found dead.

Police said his three year old daughter was likely at home at the time and made her way over to a nearby apartment. That's when police were called discovered McDaniel's open apartment and his body inside. There are no suspects at this time, but police are looking for 23 year-old Brandon McClatchie for questioning.

Today community leaders spoke out in hopes of curbing gun violence in the city.

"We are concerned about the number of homicides that happened the last 18 days or so and this why we as pastors are out here on the street, trying to let folk know that you need to stay away from that kind of conflict resolution,"  said Jesse Turner Executive Direct of Pen or Pencil program.

They're working to educate young people in order to keep them away from crime.

"The last of the three killings have been in about a three block radius of my church," said Henry Hellums, pastor of the Truth and Love Worship Center.

The group has been working to install signs in the city to remind people violence is not the answer to solving problems.

"We're speaking in the streets, sending literature out to various neighborhoods, going into neighborhoods and speaking," said Kerry Price, pastor Breath of Life Church.

Shamar Womack lives just down the street from Thursday's homicide. He says he keeps a tight watch on his twin boys.

"Sometimes when I'm out, let them play, I stay out with them and watch them you know while we play," Womack said.

The Pine Bluff Police ask anyone with information on yesterday's homicide to call the department.