ROME, N.Y.- Pastors in the City of Rome held a prayer vigil Wednesday night.
The “Not in My City” prayer vigil was held at Gansevoort park in the city.
The pastors say that with the recent shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio, they want to pray for the citizens and first responders there, and locally for the Rome Police and Fire Departments.
They want the community to know they are here for everyone.
Rev. Maritza Perez, a Pastor at Maranatha Church in Rome said: “What happens is there is a lot of violence. It's young people, it’s against the police, and it’s against the Latinos. So, as a Latina I think that, I feel that they are praying to the responsibility.”
Sam Pendergrast, a Pastor at First Presbyterian Church added: "The important thing is that we can be together as a community to proclaim the message that we are here for everybody. Not just for our church or their church or one group of people or another but for everybody."
The Pastors say that while these events are special, they would like to see it done every day by watching out for others.