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Candlelight Vigil held in Salisbury in wake of Charlottesville violent protests

Salisbury Candle Vigil

SALISBURY, Md. - Coming together as a community to stomp out racism was the message Tuesday night at Lake Street Park in Salisbury, Md. Members of the community organizing a candlelight vigil for the tragic events that transpired in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend.

According to one of the event organizers, Amber Green,  Tuesday's vigil had a dual purpose to not only mourn the loss of Heather Heyer, but also take a stand against similar events happening in Salisbury.

Heyer was killed when a man from Ohio plowed into a crowd during the violent protests in Charlottesville.

Although Salisbury is more than 200 miles away from Charlottesville Green said similar events could happen here if the dialogue doesn't start now about coming together.

Roughly 60 people showed up for the vigil, including Chris Aulerich who showed up with his friends to show that they won't back down in the face of racism.

"The only way to confront them is through mass  community action that smashes racism down to its core and removes racism from the core of American society," Aulerich said. "This is how we start."

Event organizers said the vigil was planned on social media hours prior to its start.


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