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Church parishioners try to heal after shootings

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Music is the outlet for many people at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

"We believe that through music, we can heal,” said Laurence Hebert, Co-Minister of Music at Shiloh. “Music helps to open that dialogue. Music allows us to sing something that we may have otherwise not been able to say.” 

And an outlet is just what people need following a tragic week with deadly shootings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas.

Parishioners say they're also turning to prayer, and each other, to get through this difficult time.

"Oftentimes, sometimes I think we dwell on just what's happening in the now,” Carl George, a parishoner at Shiloh Baptist, said. “The
message reminds us that prayer is our... our key."

At the Saint Joseph Cathedral, Reverand Paul Counce focused on the concept of unity.

Parishioner Michael Jumonville says he is upset by what he saw this week and he hopes the violence will stop soon. "We're not living the real meaning of why Jesus Christ was born and ultimately died for us,” Jumonville said. “And it was not to promote separation, it was to bring us all together as one person."

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