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Solidarity vigil in Dayton honors Charlottesville victims

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Moment of silence

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Community members gathered Sunday night at Courthouse Square in Dayton for a solidarity vigil for the victims of violence Saturday in Charlottesville.

Vigil organizer Dayton Anti-Racist Action asked attendees to bring candles and to make donations for the medical expenses of those hurt in the attack, according to the group’s Facebook page.

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Attendees carried signs and held candles as they held a moment of silence and marched through the streets of downtown Dayton.

“This is not an America that I know ... not an America that I was raised to believe in ... it’s just sad,” said Darryl Baker of Beavercreek, who said he was at the vigil to show solidarity. “We’re unified in our grief.”

Dayton police helped block traffic to keep demonstrators safe. Signs reading “Hate is not a Dayton value” were on the back of squad cars.

The vigil came a day after an Ohio man plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 35 others. Hours later, Virginia State Police helicopter that was part of the state’s emergency response crashed near Charlottesville, killing two troopers aboard.

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