Ithaca, N.Y. — A vigil for Freddie Gray will be held Monday night in Ithaca at 7 p.m.

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The event, hosted by Queer Kids Care and Black Lives Matter, will take place on the Commons by the former site of Simeon’s Restaurant at 224 East State Street.

It will include a “die-in” and aim to raise awareness about the deaths of unarmed black people, according to a page for organizing the event.


Write the organizers of the event on Facebook:

“We will host vigils, sleet or shine, until justice is served for unarmed black people killed every 28 hours. At our vigils, we primarily represent people who have been murdered after Michael Brown Jr. in St. Louis, MO on August 9th.”

“We’re bringing awareness to the alarming rate at which unarmed POC are killed by the police.”

A little over 50 people had said they would be attending on Facebook as of 11 a.m. on Monday.

Add the organizers on Facebook:

“We will have candles and crosses for holding vigil. Crosses should be returned to a member of the QKC. We will begin with a speech from Evan and a poem from myself. Feel free to bring relevant poetry, songs, or sentiments. We will have a sign-up sheet for people to speak and express themselves.”


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.