Afrika Owes wiped her eyes and members of the Abyssinian Baptist Church prayed as she left a courthouse Tuesday after two months behind bars. Members voted to post $25,000 cash bail for the 17-year-old.
Deacon Gerald Barbour says the church wanted to help a teenager who has been a member since childhood.
Prosecutors say Owes carried a gun for her accused gang leader boyfriend. She has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and weapon-possession charges.
Rangel said after one of Owes' court appearances last month that "kids make mistakes."