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Local anti-violence group holds vigil in Hartford

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In a show of unity, Mothers United Against Violence held a vigil Tuesday evening for those touched by recent violence while calling for peace within communities.

The vigil started at 6 p.m. at Hartford City Hall.

The organization said its hope is that as people move forward, they come together to make cities safer. 

It has been a devastating week as the nation tries to make sense of the deadly attack in Dallas that took the lives of five police officers, all at the hands, police said, of a lone gunman.

Their deaths came on the heels of police-involved shootings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. 

A week ago, police in Baton Rouge shot and killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling in the parking lot of a convenience store. 

Investigators said the officers were responding to a call of a man with a gun.

The next day 32-year-old Philando Castile was shot to death during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.His girlfriend live streamed the incident over social media as it happened.

Organizers said Tuesday night's vigil was one of solidarity.

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