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Pastor Who Camped Out On Roof Plans Anti-Violence Trek

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Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago pastor who camped on the roof of an abandoned motel says lacing up his sneakers is part of a new plan to address gun violence.

The Rev. Corey Brooks said Sunday at his New Beginnings Church of Chicago that he would set out on a three-month walk beginning June 5. He hopes to raise $15 million.

The money will go toward building a community center. Brooks plans to his begin journey in New York and end it in California.

Brooks wants to build his new center on the site where a motel, known for prostitution and drug dealing, once stood.

Through his rooftop vigil this winter, Brooks raised enough money to buy the property and demolish the motel. That included a $100,000 donation from movie mogul Tyler Perry.

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