Deep East Texas churches will be sponsoring a prayer vigil Saturday in memory of George Floyd, the Texas native who died at the hands of Minneapolis police late last month.

“We’ll be marching from Festival Park to the courthouse and having a prayer vigil,” said the Rev. Bryan Gates, one of the organizers of the event.

The march and vigil will begin at 4 p.m., and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Anyone wanting to help organize the event or seeking more information can call Gates at 936-244-8249 or the Rev. Kyle Childress of Austin Heights Baptist Church at 936-715-5207.

Floyd death has sparked protest around the nation relations to the treatment of African Americans by police officers. The vast majority of those protests have been peaceful vigils, but some have devolved into violence and looting.

“This is going to be peaceful and prayerful,” Gates said of Saturday’s planned march.

A group of around 80 people gathered Tuesday at the Stephen F. Austin State University campus for a demonstration.

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