Crowd in New Orleans holds vigil for Charlottesville victims

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 14, 2017

"We have the backs of people who are being singled out and oppressed", Rebekkah Dorris said.

James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old from OH, was charged with second-degree murder in Charlottesville on Saturday after police say he intentionally slammed his auto into a line of cars that killed Heather D. Heyer, a 32-year-old from Charlottesville, and left at least 19 other people injured, some critically.

White nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and skinheads showed up in that Virginia city to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, sparking clashes with anti-racism protesters that left one protester dead - killed by a man who rammed his auto into a crowd - and two state police officers killed in a helicopter crash. "The faith community has a role in speaking against hate and racism".

The crowd lit candles to stand in contrast to the torches carried by white supremacists in Charlottesville.

Celeste Johnston, a 51-year-old from Fresno who works for the county as an office assistant, said she came to the vigil because it was right to point out a wrong.

"We are patriots, we are Americans", Moiseyev said.

Event organizer Kristina Arnold addressed the crowd gathered in a circle at the park though a small megaphone.

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The vigil will last until 7:30 p.m. and is located at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ at 1050 NW Maynard Road.

Speakers Carol Jordan said "when darkness is here, we need to stand up and be light", and Michael Gramling said the attack Saturday was an act of domestic terrorism.

He said Trump's quote "on many sides" was particularly deceptive. After the officials spoke, dozens of people went to the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. just a few blocks away to reflect on the weekend's events.

"We must believe with every ounce of our being that love is stronger than hate", she said.

She then led prayers for all of Saturday's victims.

Joe Harden was one of many who attended the vigil.

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