OMAHA (kptm) - People in Omaha are coming together in hopes of preventing more bloodshed in the city.
This after police made a grisly discovery, the body of a south Omaha teen left in an open grave.
Police say 19-year-old Melissa Rodriguez was found dead on the grounds of Graceland Park cemetery. Her body was found Thursday morning in a makeshift grave. Police have not said how she died or what condition her body was in when it was found.
Sunday afternoon nearly 200 hundred people marched in the South Omaha Walk For Peace.
The march began at 24th and "N" and headed north to "J" street. The route took them to South high school where Rodriguez graduated.
"So many people have died in the past few months and it's getting kind of ridiculous."
Eliana Kemp and her sister Atalia live in Ralston but they are marching for peace in south Omaha. Joining dozens from all over the city. They say they want to stop the violence that's spreading throughout our town. "We have to support the whole community and not just where we're from. It's important to support everybody in Omaha because we're all together as a city," Atalia Kemp said.
Standing strong against crime and uniting together to show their support for the families of victims. Less than a week ago, 19-year-old Melissa Rodriguez was found dead at Graceland Park cemetery. Police say she was murdered and left in a makeshift grave. "We heard about the murders that have been taking place in the area and we came down to just bring the love of Jesus down and just walk with these people as they go through these tough times and really it is one city," Zach Parker said.
Marchers chanted "Jesus is for Omaha...Omaha is for Jesus" as they passed local businesses and cars.
Omaha residents are praying for change. They're asking the community to join together against violence.
"We need our youth to start...they got a purpose, god has them on this earth for a purpose and we're tired of seeing the death. We're tired of seeing death in our city so we're here to cry out for life cause that's what god wants to give and abundantly at that," neighborhood leader, Rebecca Barrientos-Patlan said.
If you weren't able to make it to Sunday's Walk For Peace, some say all you have to do is pray for change. Otherwise they say you can help out in your community and gather together as a neighborhood.
Melissa Rodriguez's family did not attend the walk. Police say they arrested the man they believe killed her.
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