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Hundreds Gather For Vigil In West Roxbury To Honor Victims Of Police Killings

Tito Jackson holds up his hands after handing over the microphone to a protester to lead the chant. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Tito Jackson holds up his hands after handing over the microphone to a protester to lead the chant. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Several hundred people gathered at the Holy Name Rotary in West Roxbury on Monday for a silent vigil in honor of victims of police killings and brutality.

Most of those in attendance wore masks and practiced social distancing. There were no speeches, but many carried signs that read "Black Lives Matter," or bore the names of black victims of police killings.

West Roxbury protesters at the Vigil For Black Lives line the Centre Street traffic circle, and the roads leading off it, waving signs and chanting. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
West Roxbury protesters at the Vigil For Black Lives line the Centre Street traffic circle, and the roads leading off it, waving signs and chanting. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The event was organized by Progressive West Roxbury/Rosindale, which held a similar vigil in the neighborhood last week.

The gathering was the latest in a series of demonstrations against police brutality in Boston following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

There were only a handful of police officers among the crowd, which stretched to the police station in West Roxbury; last week at a vigil in the neighborhood, hundreds of officers were lined up to greet the demonstrators, gripping batons.

Also in attendance was Tito Jackson, a former Boston City Councilor and 2017 Boston mayoral candidate. He led a few chants but, per the organizers requests, there were no speeches at the vigil.

Protesters stand on the Centre Street traffic circle in West Roxbury waving at cars, during Monday’s Vigil For Black Lives. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Protesters stand on the Centre Street traffic circle in West Roxbury waving at cars, during Monday’s Vigil For Black Lives. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A protester in West Roxbury urges refunding communities and defunding the police. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
A protester in West Roxbury urges refunding communities and defunding the police. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

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