Community Church Leaders Call For Peaceful Protests

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson

July 14, 2013

Tallahassee, FL--"Prayer, Faith, love, peace, and fellowship," said a Reverend introducing a Trayvon Martin Presser.

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church emphasized all that on Sunday when church leaders and community officials gathered together to pray for both the Zimmerman and Martin family, after the jury announced the verdict.

"It is my hope that we can bring the Zimmerman family and the Martin Families together. It's going to take some time. There is no winner in this situation," said Rev. R.B. Holmes, from Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

Reverend R-B Holmes, who is the spiritual mentor to the Martin family, gathered Tallahassee leaders here at this church to talk about the next step.

"Florida need to be proactive and I think you are going to see many bills passed at least filled this next session," said a Florida Lawmaker.

Even the Martin family attorney Ben Crump spoke about where the family plans to move from here.

"[The Trayvon Martin family was] Brokenhearted yesterday," said Ben Crump, Martin's attorney. "They will use this as a catalyst to make the changes in our laws"

"The reason we are all here today is we don't ever want to see that again. We don't want to see that kind of loss," said Scott Maddox, a Tallahassee City Commissioner.

"Seek as much peace and quiet and understanding of this tragedy," said John Marks, the mayor of Tallahassee.

Reverend Holmes is asking pastors of all churches in the area to have a special prayer vigil on Monday at noon.