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Prayer Group Holds Vigil of Compassion for Sterling

The prayer group is asking the public to show compassion toward Donald Sterling and pray for "racial healing"

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    This Jan. 9, 2008 file photo shows Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling during an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Sterling's son has been found dead of a possible drug overdose in Malibu, Calif. Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz says 32-year-old Scott Ashley Sterling was found dead Tuesday night, Jan. 1, 2013, at a home on Pacific Coast Highway.

    Pray for Donald Sterling.

    This is the message that D.C. activist Rocky Twyman and his religious movement Pray at the Pump Movement -- known for pushing for lower gas prices -- are asking to give censured Clippers owner a second chance.

    As civil rights groups and angry fans protested Sterling in the wake of the scandal, four people from the group held a prayer vigil on Thursday at the Washington Wizards headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    The message - give Sterling a second chance.

    "This man did something terrible, but we are not God and we should not be judging him," said Twyman, who is black, in an interview.

    The group invited people from all faiths to stop by and sign their "Book of Compassion for the Sterling family" and "Book of Racial Healing."

    The prayer group contacted Donald Trump to see if he can arrange a time to meet with Sterling and his family in a time of prayer, according to Twyman.

    The group said in a press release that they "expect to be ridiculed and booed" for promoting the Biblical principles of forgiveness and compassion "for those who fall from grace."

    To make amends for his alleged wrongdoing, Twyman believes Sterling should donate some of his wealth to help the poor and homeless in Los Angeles.

    The PAPM religious movement began in 2008 when the group plead for divine intervention to lower gas prices. The group maintains that "prayer is the answer to every problem in life."

    "We want to show him that prayer is more powerful than money," Twyman said.

    After the revelations of an audio recording that the NBA said was Sterling's voice making racist remarks, the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP revoked his lifetime achievement honor that he was slated to receive next month.

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