WASHINGTON - A massive rally titled "Together 2016" was shut down Saturday after 400 people had to be treated for heat-related illness.
The religious event brought together over 40 faith leaders and recording artists and was organized by Nick Hall, the founder of PULSE, a Twin-Cities based nonprofit organization that focuses on student-led prayer and outreach efforts.
The free event was expected to draw thousands and go until 9 p.m. Saturday, but the U.S. Park Police were forced to shut it down after the influx of emergency medical situations.
Hall issued a statement following the shutdown, saying that it was a disappointment but that "we want to honor the authorities who are trying to keep people safe."
"On July 16, we came to fill the Mall. As we leave, we pray we may we go home to fill them all with the hope of Jesus," he wrote.
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