Rhode Islanders come together for vigil in wake of recent violence

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — After a couple of heart-breaking and tragic weeks across the country, Rhode Islanders came together Monday night to pray for peace, hope and understanding.

The act of unity comes after black suspects were shot and killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota and officers were gunned down in response in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Dozens of people gathered Monday at First Baptist Church in East Greenwich for a prayer vigil.

There was a long list of speakers, including Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare, ESPN Radio Host Chuck Wilson and a Kent Hospital ICU doctor.

The residents that gathered also had strong messages and reasoning for attending.

The Rhode Island State Council of Churches and the East Greenwich Community hosted the vigil.

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