SHOPO works to breakdown barriers in society following recent deadly shootings

LYNCHBURG (WSLS 10) - Community leaders in Bedford and Lynchburg are rallying together to support those who were injured and killed in the deadly shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas.

B.B. Shavers, a representative of Self Help Obtained Through Positive Opportunities, is trying to break down the barriers and stereotypes in society.  He says tragedies like Dallas that create fear in our communities and across the nation.

"It's somebody's family who is hurting for their officer who just got killed in the line of duty," said Shavers. "The frustration comes from when the families go through the same things. Say the officer killed somebody in the line of duty, the officer don't dies, the citizen dies. In this case in St. Louis, it's a mother; it's a baby and that brings fear."

Shavers said creating a better society starts with education, unity and prayer.

He plans to hold an open prayer session Saturday in Millar Park in Lynchburg at 3:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.