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Local church honors Trayvon Martin


A local East Texas church stands up for an issue that has been getting national attention.

On Sunday, members of Kingdom Family Church wore hoodies in memory of Trayvon Martin.

"We believe that as a church and as a ministry this is where the unconditional love should first be displayed as representatives of Jesus Christ, we want to let our city, our community, our nation know that we have to stand together as one," said Stephanie Shankle, Pastor at Kingdom Family Church.

"We don't want the main message to be anger, but we want to express ourselves and we want to love and show concern for the situation that has taken place," said Reginald Shankle, Pastor at Kingdom Family Church.

Choosing love over hate and hoping the community will feel the same way.  Learning to never judge anyone by the color of their skin or what they wear.

"You know I wear hoodies all the time and I'm a youth pastor I'm not that kind of a person so we can't judge a person by how they look," said Marc Hill, Youth Pastor at Kingdom Family Church.

"I believe that by this taking place today in Tyler that it's an example of the unity and the love that we as a city and a community do have for one another and the support we have for national causes," said Stephanie.

Stephanie is one of the Senior Pastors at Kingdom Family Church. She said when she heard the news one thought came to mind. "I thought this could have been my son, this could have been my grandson, this could have been my nephew and I don't want that to happen to anyone I know," said Stephanie.

This is why Stephanie said love was the message at Sunday's service.

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