Community gathers to pray for lost lives

Dozens of students and staff gathered in the academic courtyard after school on May 27 for a prayer service dedicated to the Black Americans who died in the past year during encounters with police.

After prayers, those gathered reflected for 9 minutes and 29 seconds — the same amount of time Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck. During today's designated 9-plus minutes, Lasallians walked around the courtyard to read signs bearing the images, names, and stories of many of those killed.

At the invitation of students in La Salle's Black Student Union and World Religion classes, Father Gallagher of the University of Portland then prayed over and sprinkled holy water on dozens of white crosses that each signified a lost life.

"We want to take this time to recognize all communities struggling with systemic injustice," said Nyah Torbert '22 as the service ended. "Let these prayers be a time for us to keep moving forward, keep fighting for change, keep listening to the truths of others, and keep praying."
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