Hundreds Attend Prayer Service at Church in Oakland, CA, to Address Violent Crime

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Hundreds of people gathered at an Oakland church on Tuesday night to address the rampant problem of violent crime by bowing their heads in prayer.

People of different faiths have prayed for peace together before in the Bay Area but Tuesday’s summit brought people from all over the world who study religion.

Peace was the common thread at Cathedral of Christ the Light Catholic Church in Oakland.

“In my experience, interfaith dialogue is very important,” said Dr. Musdah Mulia. “To make people understand even if they have different faith and cultures, we are all the same.”

Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan was in attendance.

“Fighting crime takes more than prayers, but the unity of the community to build a peaceful future is an important contributing factor,” Kaplan said.

That very factor is what Florence McCrary has been praying for.

“My son was raised in a house of prayer,” said McCrary, whose 22-year-old son Terrence was shot and killed last month after leaving a birthday party in downtown Oakland.

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SOURCE: Cheryl Hurd  
NBC Bay Area