SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — More than 100 Shreveport residents, public officials and community leaders gathered at a church for what was billed as a peace rally against violent crime.

Monday night's rally was held at Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral.

The Times of Shreveport reports that the rally followed three deadly home invasions in recent weeks, as well as other violent crimes.

The slaying earlier this month of a 20-year-old former Huntington High School basketball player spurred Bishop Lawrence Brandon to host the rally.