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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM ) – Several days of anger, protests and division followed the shooting death of Christian Taylor, 19. Tonight it was time for Arlington to come together in a peaceful rally and honor him.
Calming messages of love and unity were given at Cornerstone Baptist Church in hopes that the city would move on from a tumultuous week.
“The world needs to see a picture of our unity,” Pastor Dwight McKissic, Sr. told the audience.
Also attending were Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and Police Chief Will Johnson who addressed how the community “is grieving.”
“I’m here tonight to show you that your police department cares,” said Johnson.
Christian Taylor’s father, Adrian was among hundreds attending the church service promoted as a unity rally.
“I pray for the Miller family as well as the Taylor family,” he said.
Attendees also prayed for former officer Brad Miller who was fired Tuesday after he shot and killed the college student last week during a burglary at a car dealership.
Cornerstone church presented a $5,000 check to Taylor’s father who told CBS 11 today that he hopes something good will come from his son’s death.
“I just want a change.. I just want a change.. and I just don’t want him sacrificed… and it goes in vain,” said Taylor.
The police chief tried to reassure the crowd inside the church.
“I can never promise you that we will not have a crisis in Arlington but I can’t promise you that we will respond with love and accountability,” said Johnson.
Mayor Williams told the audience it was time to move forward and said his city is different from others that have dealt with controversial police shootings.
“Where they have racial dynamics and police incidents that have driven a wedge in their community and we are not going to let that happen here in Arlington,” said Williams.
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