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Rochester Community Baptist Church prayer vigil for recent tragedy victims


Rochester Community Baptist Church held a prayer vigil tonight after recent tragedies.

The welcoming of people and the singing of The Star Spangled Banner kicked off the service.

Various topics were covered during the service including race, gun violence, peace and unity among the people.

Speeches and life experiences were shared by Rochester's Mayor Ardell Brede, the pastor of the church, the chief of police, a law enforcement officer and a representative from both the Rochester Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the City of Rochester.

Prayers for peace and unity among people of all races, for officers for black lives and everyone were made.

Pastor of the Rochester Community Baptist Church, Dan Barlow, said that the vigil was a time for people to gather and strengthen bonds.

"The purpose of tonight was to allow the community the opportunity to come together and to share thoughts to hear opportunities how we as a community actually coalesce and become a broader stronger community and to become more compassionate in our response of these recent tragedies," Barlow said.

"Let Peace Begin With Me" was also sung by Anthony Cook along with moment of silence given to honor the victims who passed before each of their names were announced.

More than 200 people of all races and beliefs attended the one hour and 15 minutes service.

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