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      Balloon release sends prayers for violence victims

      Each person who gathered for the vigil outside Antioch Baptist Church wrote down a prayer for a loved one affected by violence and put that note inside the balloon.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The Columbia community released its prayers with balloons Friday night.

      Each person who gathered for the vigil outside Antioch Baptist Church wrote down a prayer for a loved one affected by violence and put that note inside the balloon.

      Many prayed for the recovery of the four-year-old girl shot at the Colony Apartments earlier this month.

      The event was organized by Project Unity USA with the goal of bringing healing to the community and the search for solutions to violent crime.