Mooresville community comes together for Charlottesville vigil

- The group Shades of Love has been trying to bring the Mooresville community together by taking action, showing acceptance, understanding and love to their fellow officers.

"Hatred is something we should anticipate in this world but Jesus also said, that we should pray for those who hate us," said Chaplain Greg Laskowski of the Mooresville Police Department. 

The organizer, Heather Edmunds, says they are using that same message to unify many after the messages and images of hate coming out of Charlottesville.

"Part of it is I feel like too many people sit back. It's very uncomfortable. A lot of people don't like conflict. They don't like to talk about things that are confrontational. Well if I just don't say anything, I'm not part of the problem, I’m not part of the solution. I'm just neutral," Edmunds said.

She says change starts when people confront these problem head on with real conversation.

"It's going to take a lot of people finally speaking up and standing up and saying ‘hey this isn't ok,’ for these guy to understand that isn't welcome," said Edmunds.

Many people here also say children should be a part of these conversations.

"We don't want to spread any messages of hate even towards those that are spreading message of hate. Our thing is we want to show the light of love to people around us because we think that's the best way and to teach them to they know, when they grow up they are going to love people," said David Teague, a resident of Mooresville.

Wednesday night's vigil was held not only to get people to step up but to remember and honor the life of Heather Heyer and how her life has united so many.

"How you have used her father God to heal the nation and that she's bringing this nation together," said Chief Chaplain Bill Conrad of the Mooresville Police Department. 

Shades of Love tells FOX 46 they hope when people leave this vigil they leave empowered and take initiatives to stop hate wherever they see it.

Mooresville police was also in attendance providing a safe environment and their chaplains participating in the prayers.

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