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Locals seek unity at prayer vigil


Trish Bennett, Editor

Photos by Trish Bennett

CIRCLEVILLE – Pickaway County residents tackled acts of violence and racial unrest Friday through the power of prayer.

About 50 people gathered at the steps of the Pickaway County Courthouse Friday evening for a prayer vigil hosted by the Second Baptist Church of Circleville. The purpose, according to Pastor Derrick K. Holmes, was to unite in asking for God’s guidance and protection in addressing these issues moving forward.

Holmes discussed not only recent acts of violence against African-Americans but also those against law enforcement officers working to protect their fellow citizens before leading the group in prayer.

Sheriff Robert Radcliff also joined the vigil, reading a proclamation for the event from Mayor Don McIlroy and offering his own support for the cause.

Holmes said he hoped the spirit of Friday’s gathering was an infectious spirit that leads to conversation about the problems facing our country and solutions for them.

“We know the solution starts with our prayers,” Holmes said.

More photos from the event can be found here.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal

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