Black Lives Matter vigil held in Spokane in wake of shootings

Black Lives Matter vigil held in Spokane in wake of shootings

SPOKANE, Wash. - Hundreds of people gathered at the Spokane County Courthouse Saturday for a Black Lives Matter vigil.

Though the event made a point to celebrate every race, gender and creed, at Saturday's gathering, there wasn't a single message of hate, it was all about love and acceptance.

"As we look around we see men, women, young, old, black, white," Pastor Walter Kendricks, of the Spokane Ministerial Fellowship, described the crowd.

The crowd mourned the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, and the five men in blue killed in Dallas.

"Just because we say black lives matter doesn't mean we ignore the fact that all lives matter, all lives have value," Kendricks said.

"We want liberty and justice for all, like we've all been taught," Phillip Tyler, President of the Spokane NAACP, said. "And when anyone loses their life tragically we have to ask, did they get that liberty and justice? We don't believe in these instances they have, including in Dallas."

Event organizers say, it's these injustices, that encouraged the many in attendance to speak up. They Denounced violence and promoted change by coming together as a community.

"Although we came together because of grief and anger, I feel like we're leaving with determination and hope and a shared sense of community," Liz More, Director of the Peace and Justice League of Spokane, said.

The group prayed for peace and healing, during a time of great sorrow. To show good conquers the bad, and we are stronger together, than we are apart.

"Its important that Spokane stands in solidarity with one another," Tyler said. "With all their brothers and sisters, so we don't allow this fear, this hate this divisiveness that is gripping our nation to affect us here at home."

At the end of the vigil the group marched over to the law enforcement memorial, where they honored and acknowledged each of the fallen officers killed in Dallas this week. They held a moment of silence for them and prayed for the officers, their families, and the healing of our country.