Bronx residents hold prayer service in remembrance of Texas and Buffalo shooting victims
Bronx residents came together in Soundview Saturday to offer prayers for the people who died in the shootings at a Texas school and Buffalo.
They released balloons into the air that carried sentiments of unity and peace.
"We need to come together as a community, we need to lift our voice as one voice," said Rev. Ian Harris.
Organizers said it that even though they may not have met the victims, it was important for families to understand that communities around the nation care.
The Bharati Foundation and the Vishnu Mandir Temple hosted the event, which offered food distribution along with resources to raise awareness for gun violence, hate crimes and mental health.
"It's about mental health and mental awareness, on the reasons why someone would pick up a firearm to hurt someone else. It's probably something that's generational and something that's never been dealt with in the past," said Gilly Delgado, of Guns Down Life Up.
Organizers hope that by educating the community, they can help prevent such tragedies from happening locally.
They said educating the community can enact changes for the positive.
The Bharati Foundation will be hosting more events like the one on Saturday in the coming weeks, with the hope to unite communities during times of violence.