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Flint community prays for peace at Mott Park concert, vigil

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(07/24/12) - With crime on the rise, some in the Flint community are praying for peace. Tuesday night, many gathered to call for an end to the violence in the Vehicle City.

Tuesday's gospel concert was all about spreading positive vibes throughout Flint, and it also included a special message concerning crime in our community.

A feel-good message sounded across Mott Park at the Music in the Park series.

More than just a concert, they had a healing message as well.

"I'm hoping an awakening for our community, certainly peace for Flint, we've had a lot of tragedies this year so we're really praying for those families," said Pastor Patrick Sanders of the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church.

One of those tragedies was earlier this summer in Mott Park; 14-year-old Antonio Bell Junior was shot and killed last month.

People clutched candles and prayed for peace in an ever-growing climate of crime.

"It's not only a remembrance, it's a way to say 'let's cut out the violence be a more unified community, share the music, share the camaraderie of being here in Flint,'" said Andrew Ward, Flint Institute of Music Marketing Director.

Tuesday night's message struck a chord with Adrienne Pittman of Flint.

Tragedy hit close to home for her, and she wants to see this positive message spread to every corner of the city.

"Earlier this year my cousin was murdered, it holds a special part for me, we need to take back our city, all these senseless killings are just unnecessary," she said.

Many of these crimes have gone unsolved and part of Tuesday's prayer is that many families will eventually get justice for their loved ones.

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