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3/20 Coalition holds vigil to honor the victims of the Buffalo shooting

Tierra Williams talks to a crowd at the MLK Plaza
Maddie Miller
3/20 Coalition co-leader Tierra Williams speaks to the crowd at the "Bloodshed in Buffalo" vigil.

The 3/20 Coalition held a vigil Wednesday night to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Buffalo shooting on Saturday.

“Make your pledge to somehow combat racism and white supremacy. What is your pledge going to be?” 3/20 Coalition co-leader Tierra Williams asked the crowd. Williams and others gave speeches and lit candles at the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown State College to honor the 10 people who were killed and the three who were wounded during the shooting in Buffalo.

3/20 vigil #1
Maddie Miller
The speakers acknowledged each of the 10 people who died from the Buffalo shooting. A picture of each victim was displayed with a candle.

The shooter released a 180-page document prior to the shooting outlining his plans to carry out the racially-motivated attack.

Melanie Morrison is the coalition’s secretary. She said having conversations at home to dispel ideas like white replacement theory are necessary.

3/20 vigil #2
Maddie Miller
Attendees lit candles and placed them along the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown State College.

“It starts at home. I live out in Penns Valley. I know that my Black sons are victims of racism all the time. Every single day something is said to them,” Morrison said.

Morrison said the Coalition will continue to organize events in the community to raise awareness and fight social inequity.