BRIDGEWATER, Va.--- Nearly 40 neighbors shed light on the need for peace at the International Day of Prayer for Peace on Saturday.
This is just after several gunmen killed 39 people at a shopping mall in Kenya.
R. Jan Thompson who spoke at the event, lived in Nairobi for two years.
"To hear those deaths that have occurred because people have taken violence in their own hands causes us to grieve," said Thompson.
At the event, he prayed, sang and participated in a candlelight vigil as a way to promote peace on the International Day of Peace.
"I think that our culture has become so gun oriented that instead of thinking I ought to know somebody, people pick up a gun to solve a problem," said Thompson.
Taylor Cox who attended the event said the violence this week at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard, Chicago and Kenya, shows the importance of peace.
"The more of an issue violence becomes the more of the need to acknowledge an alternative," said Cox.
He said the alternative starts with every individual.
"It starts with simply being kind to everyone you meet, be nice to everyone and from that you can build on that, take part of your community," said Cox.
For Thompson, it also comes from awareness.
"Raising these concerns may help people have second thoughts and try another way," said Thompson.
An event organizer said 150 groups in 18 counties also celebrated this day.
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