It’s no doubt what happened in Charlottesville had an impact on Tri-Staters as hundreds gathered at the University of Evansville for a Rally for Love. 

The protests in Charlottesville might have happened more than 600 miles away, but the event hit home for a lot of Tri-Staters. 

“It’s frightening what’s happening,” Robin Mallery says. “It’s unbelievable how we’re taking so many steps in the wrong direction.”

Mallery says when she heard the news about Charlottesville, she didn’t know what to do, but Sunday gave her the peace, and piece of mind she needed. 

“I wanted to be here,” Mallery says. “I needed to be here today to be around people that care and people that are good and kind.”

A rally for love and peace was held at UE giving the community hope. 

Organizer Rabbi Gary Mazo says, “We’re trying to show that this community responds in a different way than other communities. When we see injustice in the world we must use our voices to say this is wrong and that’s what we’re doing today.”

Community leaders spoke at the rally as Tri-Staters stood in unity, peacefully speaking out their support for one another. 

Bryce Adams says,”I just like that it feels like we’re empowered and that we feel we hold certain values together too.”

In response to a devastating event, Tri-Staters stood side by side showing E really is for Everyone. 

“I am so touched that there are good, kind, open-hearted people in Evansville that are standing together in solidarity,” Mallery says. 

Organizers say the event shows what kind of community Evansville is, and are hopeful for the future of the city.

(This story was originally published August 13, 2017)