SOMERSET, NJ - Residents from in and around Franklin Township plan to gather to speak out against hate and violence this weekend. 

The Franklin Township Interfaith Council is sponsoring a vigil to be held at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at St. Mathias Catholic church.

"We are deeply saddened and concerned by emboldened hatred and violence that is taking place across our nation with the latest (example) being Saturday with a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in 19 people injured and the death of Heather Heyer," FT Interfaith Council President Dr. Alex Kharazi said in a statement.   

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Local officials and community leaders are expected to attend the gathering.

All are welcome to attend, and the Interfaith Council encourages the community to invite friends, family members and neighbors.