Prayer vigil in Mitchells Plain

Residents gathered in a local park to pray and remember those that have died in gang violence.

Residents gathered in a local park to pray and remember those that have died in gang violence.

CAPE TOWN - Some Mitchells Plain residents came together in prayer as they try to deal with gang violence in the area on Thursday night.

Two children were among the four people that died in a gang shooting in Beacon Valley last week.

It was a message of hope that was delivered to the community members huddled together in a small park.

Many of those present had lost their loved ones as a result of the scourge of gang violence in the area.

Holding candles and singing hymns at the night vigil, residents listened attentively to encouraging messages delivered by community leaders.

Some told Eyewitness News it was heartbreaking to see children die on the streets, their lives brutally cut short by violence. Others insisted they refused to lose hope they believe this evil will be removed from their lives.

Residents say they are grateful for the efforts of law enforcement, but it needs to happen more often.

There is an increased police presence in Mitchells Plain following a spike in suspected gang-related shootings, the local community policing forum said on Tuesday.