Large crowd gathers for prayer in downtown Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Hundreds filled the Governmental Plaza in downtown Greensboro Tuesday night to pray, sing and offer healing.

“All lives matter, black lives matter, blue lives matter, white lives matter,” said a pastor on stage to a cheering crowd.

The vigil was the work of dozens of churches coming together to encourage unity after the shootings in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas last week.

Nicole Bonds is the pastor at one of them.

“This is an opportunity for us to come together and show the world, show our community that we are one, it doesn't matter what the color of your skin is, that even though there are injustices, it's not just about one type of people,” Bonds said.

The crowd prayed for the city’s police officers and an officer prayed for the people.

Police Chief Wayne Scott said the outpouring of support is an encouragement after unthinkable tragedies.

"This is what our community is all about you know I have talked to people from all segments of our city and coming together we know we are stronger as a united group and that's exactly what this vigil is all about,” Scott said.

Jim McSorley came to the vigil after hearing about it at church. He said he knows the community is worried, and wants to see action.

“I think that people took the time to come out tonight shows that people care, that people are scared, that they want to do something to try and help the situation,” McSorley said.

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