USA: Kenosha locals hold vigil following killings during Jacob Blake protests

Local human rights activists and faith communities came together to organise a candlelight vigil for Jacob Blake who was shot by police and for two men killed in Kenosha later during the unrest, on Friday. Kenosha has become the latest hotspot of protests against racism and police brutality after a 29-year-old black man identified as Jacob Blake was shot several times in the back by officers on Sunday. Two people were killed in protests following the shooting, with 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse accused by prosecutors of killing the two men who had reportedly tried to disarm him. «This vigil was put together by Isaac Wallner and he asked local faith leaders if we would come and be a part of it and offer a peripheral presence. He wanted to lift up those whose lives have been lost,» explained local pastor Kelsey Beebe. «It's important that they come out here and stand up and advocate and give us a peaceful Christian message that speaks hope and speaks love and speaks togetherness,» stated vigil organiser and founder of the Human First Project Isaac Wallner. Blake is reported to be paralysed, with doctors unsure if he will recover the use of his legs after the tragic shooting.
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