Niner Nation, Charlotte community unite on National Day of Prayer

There’s been an outpouring of love and support for the victims of the UNC Charlotte shooting. On Thursday, Niner Nation and the wider Charlotte community came together for the National Day of Prayer.

"The first thing you have to start with is prayer and after that you’ve got to instill some hope,” speaker Larry Hope said.

From uptown to University City, hands raised in the air and joined together. Many minds were set on the UNCC Charlotte community and the victims in tuesday's deadly school shooting. "I was in tears when I found out about the two people that passed away it was just so devastating," UNCC parent Jackie White said.

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Restaurants near campus like Boardwalk became places of prayer for many.

“Violence is growing out of control. Not just here at UNCC, but all over the city of Charlotte,” said Hope.

Outside the Government Center, city leaders stopped work and spoke words of wisdom to dozens who gathered to listen.

“He must have had some really dark times,” White said.

Despite the harm and horror the gunman caused, White says she’s still praying for him.

“Praying he gets the help he needs.”