Service for Healing as City Leaders Prepare to Choose New Mayor

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CHARLOTTE, NC – Sunday night, city leaders and community members gathered for a service of healing and gratitude.

“There are people hurting, grieving. I’ve heard the word heartbroken used by folks,” says Danny Trapp with Mecklenburg Ministries. Trapp says it’s an opportunity to provide comfort and support in the wake of the arrest and resignation of former Mayor Patrick Cannon.  “It’s really through the expression of communal gratitude that we can move forward,” he says.

City Council member Al Austin attended tonight’s service ahead of tomorrow’s vote.  “This begins our healing. I’ve just enjoyed this evening,” Austin says.
 
Johnson C. Smith University President Dr. Ronald Carter spoke on how the city moves forward.  “We do not turn over our experience and our freedom to any one incident, accident, or tragedy. We look at it, we evaluate it, we learn from it, we move on,” Carter says.
 
And as for Monday night’s vote, City Councilman John Autry says he doesn’t know of any consensus at this point, but he hopes for one by 6:00 Monday night.