|Updated: 4/09/2012 10:30 am
||Published: 4/08/2012 11:18 pm
Five flowers, five victims, an entire community wounded.
Some say it's the most segregated hour in America: Sunday church service.
"It was beautiful, we had every color of the rainbow," said one churchgoer at the prayer service Easter Sunday at North Peoria Church of Christ. It was special service called to remember the victims of the Good Friday shootings.
It took a tragedy to bring all sides together. The congregation, sending the same praises. "We thank you for just being God," said Rev. Warren Blakney Sr., who organized the service. "Whatever color you were, you felt the pain."
Three people were shot to death on Friday: Dannaer Fields, Bobby Clark, and William Allen.
On Sunday morning police arrested Jake England and Alvin Watts in connection with those shootings.
"We either bear that burden together, or we separate and bury it and grow more bitter," said Rev. Blakney, urging unity and healing. He says he hopes he and the other leaders and pastors in his community will help bring what he considers a city divided, together.
"When one person is lost in our community, it diminishes all of us. We are affected by the death, the shooting, by what happened on the streets of north Tulsa," said Rev. Blakney.
For an entire weekend, many around town had a couple of things in common: they were afraid to step outside. And some say they never stopped praying. And they pray for the strength to stand together.