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In the days since the fatal shooting by police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, images in the media have been riveting and heartbreaking. There have been confrontations with police, destruction and looting of stores. And then there are those glimpses of fire, the raging fire.

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The torching of the QuikTrip stands as the seminal moment in rioting the day after Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American 18-year-old, was shot dead by a police officer, who witnesses say is white.

But the striking images from Ferguson were of police officers in riot gear and local photojournalist David Carson in his Iraq/Afghanistan gear — a military-grade helmet and armored vest, with a gas mask strapped to his leg.

They wore these things in St. Louis.

Think about that.

St. Louis.

Praying for peace in Ferguson

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Parishioners from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta came together in a prayer vigil for peace in the church’s grotto. The prayer vigil followed protests and riots that occured in Ferguson after the shooting death of Michael Brown.

About 2 miles away, east on Chambers Road then south on West Florissant Avenue, police and protesters stood in an uneasy truce at the symbol of recent violence.

Police cars and officers in riot gear filled the parking lot of the burned out QuikTrip at West Florissant and Northwinds Estates Drive. Meanwhile, protesters held signs in front of the former QT, and crowds gathered in the middle of West Florissant and along the roadside as cars inched through with horns blaring.

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