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Prayer vigil unites local religon groups

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Posted at 9:18 PM, Dec 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-05 22:18:20-05

The effects of the San Bernardino tragedy can be felt all over the country and our neck of the woods are no exception. 

Saturday, a vigil was held in downtown Tulsa for people of all faiths to pray for peace---hundreds of miles from San Bernardino, California. 

"This is the time we really need to strengthen our faith and get closer to God because that's all we really can do, " said high school student Amera Hammami. 

Amera Hammami is a proud Muslim, but today she prayed alongside her friends and other Christians after yet another terror attack. 

" I was frustrated, I was devastated. And it's not in my name. This guy or whoever did, it's their own evil doing. It's not in the name of Islam," said Hammami. 

The vigil brought together different religions-all in hopes of rising above the violence that recent terrorism has brought to the world. But organizers from around the state say today's location was important. 

"It could be Tulsa and we wouldn't want that ever but we don't want it to be Tulsa and that's why we wnat to work for action and peace," said Sarah Thornhill.

Their mission today was to be proactive and make sure hope and peace outweighed anything else in Oklahoma.

"I hope that people realize that we're more connected than we think we are. That the distance isn't so great," said Wilburton UMC Senior Pastor Jeff HInton. "That's still has an impact on us here in Oklahoma and we can make a difference."

Hammami hopes this isn't is just the beginning of thousands standing firm within the state. 

"It's my duty to educate others and to be a role model of my faith," said Hammami. "This is the time for unity and prayer."

Organziers were successfully able to bring together people from all walks of life in just a few days. All thanks to the power of social media. 

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