The fatal shooting of unarmed Ferguson, Missouri teen, Michael Brown, has sparked nationwide reaction.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” Marshall resident Stanley Castleberry said.
Marshall Against Violence organized a peaceful rally on Thursday in support of the family of Michael Brown.
“I have a 16-year-old son and that could have happened to him,” said Demetria McFarland.
McFarland is President of M.A.V. and said she is inspired to help the families of these victims because she, too, went through a similar situation.
“It brings back memories with my brother, who was also shot and killed,” McFarland said.
M.A.V. had a petition addressed to Missouri Governor Jeremiah Nixon for attendees to sign at the rally asking for the immediate arrest of the shooting officer, Darren Wilson.
The petition will also be sent to U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder.
“I just feel that he needs to be held responsible for his actions, and to me, you [Officer Darren Wilson] went outside your authority as a police officer,” McFarland said.
Delores Lee was among those at the rally who signed the petition. She also led a prayer circle in honor of Brown and his family.
“I came today to be a voice for the families who have lost loved ones,” Lee said.
Lee also emphasized the importance of being mindful in cases like these.
“There are some good law enforcement out there. We can’t be judgmental because several or few have made mistakes and pulled the trigger a little quick,” Lee added.
McFarland said she hopes this rally will help to make a difference for Brown’s family and will help stop violence.