BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Whether it’s through song, through prayer or through silence, communities across Buffalo are standing in faith and solidarity with victims of gun violence.
“We had an absolute concern about the gun violence that has happened in this immediate Western New York community, specifically Buffalo, especially the east side, but necessarily we suffer when anyone suffers anywhere,” said Pastor Kinzer Pointer, Agape Fellowship Baptist Church.
Concerned Clergy Coalition of WNY hosted a city wide prayer vigil Sunday in response to the uptick in gun violence. The prayer vigil was meant to send a message that’s been reiterated all week. That message is to end gun violence and to love one another.
Just this week alone, the City of Buffalo has had at least 8 shootings.
Now the city and the community is searching for a solution.
“I think that I’m the solution. I need to love everyone I meet, I need to honor the humanity of every person and if I can inspire one more person to do that, and then it just goes on and on and on, ultimately we will get to that beloved community,” said Pastor Pointer.
City leaders said Buffalo is working to become a leading example to show others what can happen when people come together.
“Every life matters, specifically people in this community need to understand that every single persons life matters and if we put a value to that and we understand the decisions we make, whether in a snap or in long term, really makes a difference,” said Oswaldo Mestre, Chief Service Officer for City of Buffalo.