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Community gathers to pray for victims of weekend homicides

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The lives lost prompted at least two prayer vigils on Sunday evening.  One was on Bradley’s campus, and another was at the scene of the earlier shooting at Oregon and Wyoming.

Terry Burnside, former chair of Peoria Community Against Violence, joined religious leaders and members of the community to pray for the victims and their families.

"I'm just a firm believer in how we have to unite as a community. Collectively and honor and respect the lives of individuals who are experiencing things like this,” said Burnside. “It's not about one man band. it's not about this group or that group. It's about a community effort. Just unifying and coming together collectively to acknowledge and respect the family, the bereaved and the deceased."

The crowd started at Wyoming before walking to the second shooting location at Bradley and Western.

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