EAST LIBERTY (KDKA) — From toddlers to retirees, hundreds lined the streets in East Liberty Friday night to “Let Peace Shine.”

That was the title of a candlelight vigil planned by the East End Cooperative Ministry. The vigil was in response to the alarming rates of violence happening not only in our region, but across the country and around the globe.

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The organization’s Executive Director, Michael Mingrone told KDKA’s Kym Gable, “If we teach and encourage people to have peace within ourselves, then that peace can be transferred to the entire community, to the country, to the world.”

Program Director Kellie Wild says the recent shootings and attacks lead to fear.

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“Who is coming into our building, and how can we keep everyone safe?” Wild said. “When you keep hearing more and more things happen in the world, it’s just… what’s next?”

Participants joined hands and circled the block on Station Street, right outside the organization’s headquarters. One family came all the way from Johnstown. 10-year-old Amiah Navarro said, “My hope for all the world is everyone can have peace.”

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