Balloons were released Friday night for Brandoniya Bennett near the spot where she lost her life in East Dallas.
It marked the kick-off a seven-day commitment to non-violence and prayer in Dallas.
At a vigil inside the Roseland Apartments, family friends and community members gathered to remember Brandoniya Bennett.
People packed the gym - a visual representation of how deeply Bennett's story touched the community.
There was song, prayer and grief at the thought of a 9-year-old losing her life in the cross fire of a shooting police say started over a rap song.
Those who knew her said her death has to be the beginning of change.
"The tragedy of a child, of a 9-year-old little girl that hasn’t even begun to live life is devastating and heart wrenching and even still difficult to process," said Kea Westbrook, with Changing the Narrative, a summer program Bennett participated in.
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The goal is seven days without violence, but as the adults looked at the faces of young children, they encouraged each other to go beyond seven days.