Police and children filled Kiener Plaza Sunday in an effort to stop the recent violence. They took part in what's called Rock the Community.
The event pairs police up with families in an effort to build trust between the community and law enforcement and to help prevent crime.
Organizers say the event is especially important considering nine children have been shot in the St. Louis area in recent weeks, including a boy who was shot early Sunday morning in south St. Louis. So far no arrests have been made in the shooting.
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