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DETROIT -- Hundreds of people packed Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit on Thursday to send a powerful message of healing in the wake of a mob attack on a Clinton Township, Mich., man, who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy hit by his truck when the child darted into traffic.
"The perpetrators of the evil, you will not win," said Bishop Edgar Vann, at the nondenominational prayer vigil. "Good is going to outweigh evil. There's power in coming together. There is power in faith. Now is the time, this is the place, our city is on the rise. We have no room for violence. We have no room for hatred or evil. The foolishness has to stop and the city is still on the rise."
The family of Steven Utash -- the man beaten April 2 -- walked into the service unified and holding hands with Deborah Hughes, a retired nurse credited with saving their father's life. They received a standing ovation.
"We are not here to celebrate evil ... why would we celebrate brutal mob attacks on individuals who are innocent? Thank God in the midst of evil that we still have good Samaritans. People willing to love in the midst of evil," said Bishop Charles Ellis of Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.