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Churches unite in Omaha to pray for dead in Dallas, Minnesota, Baton Rouge

Churches unite in Omaha to pray for dead in Dallas, Minnesota, Baton Rouge

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About 200 people gathered Saturday evening at an Omaha evangelical church for a prayer service that focused at times on deaths outside the city in the past week that renewed discussions of police-civilian relations.

People stood in aisles with their arms upraised as pastors from several churches offered prayers.

Bridge Church, a congregation near 33rd Street and Fowler Avenue, partnered with other churches to host the gathering at Waypoint Church, near the Dundee neighborhood.

At the beginning of a series of prayers, names were displayed on two screens of two civilians fatally shot last week by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota and five police officers fatally shot by a civilian at a peaceful demonstration Thursday in Dallas.

The prayers, amplified on speakers to a mainly younger crowd, often thundered through the church. People shifted from foot to foot as they listened. Later in the gathering, people divided into small circles to again pray. 

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