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Local Roanoke pastor holding prayer vigil on MLK Day

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A Roanoke pastor is taking a unique but proactive approach in an effort to reduce gun violence.

Mount Zion AME Pastor Amy Ziglar said after watching the all the news related to gun violence she wanted to find a way to slow down violence, so he's having an 18 hour prayer vigil.

Pastors from different denominations will preach and offer words of encouragement.

Ziglar said she wants to prevent another shooting like the one in Charleston, South Carolina.

"I don't want to wait for another funeral, I don't want wait for another child to be killed to talk about and to pray about peace, let's do it now," Ziglar said.

The service starts at 7 a.m. Monday and will continue until midnight.