Photos of the NYPD Officers Weinjen Liu (left) and Rafael Ramos are displayed at the Bed-Stuy memorial near where they were killed Saturday. Photos: Mark Lennihan/AP
Photos of the NYPD Officers Weinjen Liu (left) and Rafael Ramos are displayed at the Bed-Stuy memorial near where they were killed Saturday. Photos: Mark Lennihan/AP
Photos of the NYPD Officers Weinjen Liu (left) and Rafael Ramos are displayed at the Bed-Stuy memorial near where they were killed Saturday.
Photos: Mark Lennihan/AP

On Saturday, December 20, NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu and their killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, became the 16th, 17th and 18th people to die from gun violence to occur in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

As with other incidents, this tragedy connects to complex issues of mental health, gun violence, domestic violence and flailing relations between the police and the community at large.

Photo: thedailybeast.com

Despite these complexities, community members are united in sorrow for the loss of life and in commitment to a new year with less violence.

On Sunday, January 4, more than 20 churches will march to Restoration Plaza to participate in “Bed Stuy United,” co-lead by Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

Bed-Stuy United will be an inclusive prayer rally and vigil for members of the community and others. All members of the community are welcomed to join.

WHAT: Bed-Stuy United Prayer Rally & Vigil

WHERE: Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street

WHEN: Sunday, January 4, 2015, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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