'Vigil for Peace' held at East Greenwich church

A "Vigil for Peace" was held at an East Greenwich church Monday, July 18, 2016. (WJAR)

A "Vigil for Peace" was held at an East Greenwich church Monday night.

The vigil, which took place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church, honored those who were killed in recent attacks across the globe, including police officers.

"When a police officer is innocently killed, a part of America dies," Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said to an assembly of nearly100 people.

With the images of Dallas and Baton Rouge still fresh in their memories, Pare, along with other speakers, spoke about unity and togetherness.

But they also called for action.

"We need to build a better community we need to have those discussions that frankly are difficult with race and respect and dignity," Pare said.

Some of the night's most powerful words came from Ebony Grisom, a resident pastor of First Baptist Church.

Grisom said he hopes her speech empowered those in attendance. She believes that one of the ways people can move forward is by having vested interest in everyone's quest for happiness and safety.

"If we could see these problems as a civil rights issue or as an issue of the human condition with what this means for humanity, then we would all feel a different kind of an investment," Grisom said.

Pare told NBC 10 News that while his officers are affected by the events around the country, they will continue to do their job to the best of their ability to keep themselves and the public safe.

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