Easter in L.A.

April 12, 1993

As the jury in the Rodney King beating case continued its deliberations yesterday, Angelenos prayed in an amphitheater by the Hollywood Freeway. They prayed in a Roman Catholic Cathedral near Skid Row. And they prayed in churches in the neighborhoods hit hardest by last year's riots.

Today, hundreds of National Guardsmen are scheduled to go on standby around the city. But many residents say they are sure that, whatever the verdict, there will be no violence.

"If we can help it -- the community and church groups -- there won't be anything," said a worshiper at one service.

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