What started as a prayer vigil after the slaying of nine people at a Charleston, S.C., house of worship turned into a call to action Thursday at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in North Las Vegas.

Nearly three dozen people, including government officials, police officers and church leaders, came together to talk about ways to unify the greater community in case a similar tragedy ever happens here.

Or more urgently, to prevent anything like that from happening here.

“We need to be proactive, not reactive,” said the Rev. Ralph E. Williamson, senior pastor of the North Las Vegas A.M.E. church at 2446 Revere St., just north of Carey Avenue and west of Interstate 15.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.