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Vegas-Area Leaders Join Sheriff in Prayer for Peace, Safety

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Beneath flags lowered in mourning outside Las Vegas police headquarters, dozens of southern Nevada community, religious, police and political leaders called Friday for peace and prayers following shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota that have stunned the nation.

Pastor and community activist Troy Martinez invoked the pre-Civil War words of President Abraham Lincoln, and said a house divided against itself cannot stand.

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Community activist Mujahid Ramadan noted the Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Latino representatives in the crowd of 75 showing solidarity.

He called for building on goodness in the community.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo pointed to ties formed in recent years between his officers and community members in programs including RECAP, or Rebuilding Every City Around Peace.

Officials say they want participants and police to remain safe during planned area rallies and protests over the next few days.

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