Faith group brings together local churches to unite on April 16

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Published: Apr. 16, 2017 at 9:03 PM EDT
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On the 10th anniversary of a horrific tragedy at Virginia Tech, strength is being shown in numbers.

A group that formed out of the aftermath of the shooting has been working to unite the community for the last 10 months. They make words and plans into actions of prayer and today they wanted everyone to be together.

The We Are ONE gathering Sunday afternoon brought together more than 70 local churches in an effort to unite one another. The gathering is multi-denominational and first responders were given a thanks for their service.

The organization is local in the New River Valley and this show of unity is a unique religious way to provide comfort on this difficult day.

"There's a spiritual environment at Virginia Tech and we believe that Jesus changes everything so when you bring Jesus into the mix and resurrection life into the mix there is a power that is released into the atmosphere," We are ONE Co-Director Jared King said.

Organizers say in addition to this being the 10 anniversary of the shooting, this year is also special because it falls on Easter.

They drew similarities between the religious holiday where many celebrate life out of death and the re-ignition of hope from tragedy to what they want to be done here in Blacksburg.