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Prayer vigil held in downtown Clarksville

Several members of the Clarksville community, including government officials, clergy and citizens, gathered outside the Clarksville Police Department for a prayer vigil on Friday, July 8.

County Commissioner Tommy Vallejos organized the event in order to promote unity in the community and show support for both the victims of gun violence and law enforcement officers. Vallejos and other leaders from Clarksville spoke and prayed at the event, which lasted 15 minutes.

City councilman David Allen started the event by quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14 from the Bible and leading the crowd in prayer.

“This [event] is about unity and about us coming together,” Allen said. “This is not about any particular race or socioeconomic class. This is about us pulling together in prayer.”

Others who spoke at the vigil included Bishop-Elect Timothy Grant Sr. of Deliverance Outreach Temple and Pastor Larry Riley of First Baptist Clarksville.

After the vigil, Vallejos said he wanted “everyone to know we are all Americans and [that] we are all part of the same race.”

An unrelated demonstration supporting civil rights and peace followed the vigil later in the day.

About Will Fisher

Will Fisher is a sophomore English and History double major at Austin Peay. He has previously written for The All State as a news writer and now serves as the News Editor of The All State. In addition to his work at The All State, Will serves as an officer in his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, and as an Alternative Break Trip Leader, Big Brother, IFC Delegate, PELP student and student worker.

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