Gospel Singers, Pastors, Preachers Try to Bring Peace to Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – It wasn’t all violence near the Ferguson QuikTrip on Wednesday. While the sun was still up, gospel singers invaded the street in front of the burned-out gas station.

A trailer full of gospel singers from the Church of God and Christ took everyone by surprise.

Their message?

“You can express your anger in a peaceful way. And we’re here to let them know it can be done in peace,” said Pastor Marquaello Futrell. “That’s why we’re playing gospel music in the background; we have … preachers and pastors here. That’s what we’re here for.”

Futrell says their message helped keep things calm for hours, allowing protesters to even walk right up to police officers at times.

He said they wanted to keep things from getting out of hand, again.

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“We’re not here to be on the side of law enforcement or on the side of the family,” Futrell said. “We’re just here to say Jesus loves the family. Jesus loves law enforcement. And, as a former police officer, I’m just saddened that we put everybody in the same bunch.”

The group left at sundown, and shortly after, tear gas flew.

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