Hundreds pray for peace and unity at vigil

Hundreds pray for peace and unity at vigil
Hundreds of local residents pray for healing, unity and peace for America
Hundreds of local residents pray for healing, unity and peace for America
Randall County Sheriff, Joel Richardson, offers words of encouragement to the public at the Prayer of Unity
Randall County Sheriff, Joel Richardson, offers words of encouragement to the public at the Prayer of Unity

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Side by side with bowed heads and clasped hands, more than 300 people gathered for peace Wednesday afternoon at the Randall County Sheriff's Office for the Prayer of Unity Vigil.

"We want everybody to be unified and it's the only way we feel we will solve the problems going on today," said Prayer of Unity organizer, Floyd Evans.

Evans, along with his wife Deborah planned the Prayer of Unity because they say the nation seems to be in a state of chaos and hate following the shooting in Dallas where five officers lost their lives.

While we have not seen this kind of violence in Amarillo -- the Evans' say it was critical our city to be responsive of what's going on across the nation.

"We thought if Amarillo could start, we could be a light for the world. A city on our knees," said Deborah Evans. "We have to start somewhere, why not here? We have to start sometime, why not now? There's no better time than to bring it together now."

While those at the vigil prayed for healing, unity, and peace for America --  many also took the opportunity to say 'Thank You' to our local law enforcement.

"They're laying their life on the line for us day in and day out and they are in a very very perilous situation," said local pastor, Winston Curtis.

"We need to back those who are willing to sacrifice and back us," said Amarillo resident, Ashley Duschl. "It's not division, it's unification."

Potter County Sheriff, Brian Thomas and Randall County Sheriff, Joel Richardson offered words from the bible -- hoping everyone in our community can be on the same page.

"Prayer should be our first priority not our last resort and so we're pleased to pray today for them," said Curtis.

Most of the people at the vigil took a pledge to seek a better understanding before engaging in conflict.

"We have such a great nation, we don't want to lose it," said Evans.

This vigil was also held to help honor local firefighters, EMT, nurses and doctors for all their hard work in our community.

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