A Richmond pastor is taking a stand against violence in his neighborhood following two incidents that broke out Saturday night right after a prayer vigil for 8-year-old Marty Cobb. Marty was killed Thursday night while trying to protect his 12-year-old sister from being assaulted.
Pastor Theodore Hughey helped organized the vigil at Abundant Life Church.
“I think we sent a serious message that we are rallying to improve the conditions of the community,” he said Sunday morning.
Police say they responded to two altercations in the same area later that night.
“I’m a little disturbed over it because I was praying and hoping that because of the vigil it would have given people a mindset that it’s not really necessary to commit violence,” said the pastor.
Hughey is standing up as a spokesperson for the community, working on events that will raise awareness about violence.
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