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A vigil at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church continued a series of services to honor the fallen Baton Rouge law enforcement officers.

Six religious organizations were represented by speakers, offering words of inspiration and compassion.

"We are Luthern, we are Catholic, we are African Methodist, and we are episcopal," Rev. Herman Kelly explained. "We came together tonight to show this community that, in order for this community to be healed, we have to call on God almighty."

The church hosted a meeting of all faiths, aiming to take down barriers and celebrate solidarity for the community after the deaths of BRPD Officers  Matthew Gerlad and Montrell Jackson, and Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola.

"Now is the time for us to move forward, and to heal together, and to work together for the good of our community," one speaker from the Beth Shalom Synagogue said.

"And you know when we stand together, there is no stopping us," Fr. Richard Andrus of St. Paul the Apostle Church added.

"Let us be transfored into your mercy," Rev. Margaret Simms of the Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church said, "so that our eyes, our tongues, our hands, our minds, and our hearts will reflect and channel your mercy."


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