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Ministers call for community efforts to curb violence following shooting death of 9-year-old

Men attending Sunday’s service at Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan approached the front of the church for prayer.
Men attending Sunday’s service at Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan approached the front of the church for prayer.Photos by Lane Turner/Globe Staff

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At Morning Star Baptist Church on Sunday, Bishop John M. Borders III called the men of the congregation to the altar and made an impassioned plea.

“I’m going to ask every one of us to find . . . just one man that’s losing it a little bit, a little bit out of control, and befriend him,” Borders said inside the packed Mattapan church. “Some people are going to talk about . . . what government ought to be doing, but we have personal responsibility. We have a responsibility as men of God. Jesus won the world with 12 men.”

In a city that began 2014 plagued with violence, where a 9-year-old boy died of a gunshot wound just blocks from the church 48 hours earlier, Borders and other ministers called for community members to work for peace.

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