Among the crowd Friday night was Clark County’s Jarrett Byrd who said he attended the vigil primarily to show support and solidarity in grieving the loss of a 21-year-old American.
“There’s a lawlessness in our law enforcement,” he said.
“I wish Mr. Peterson didn’t have to die for (a Black Lives Matter gathering) to happen here. We should protest and voice our dissent, just like they’ve been doing in Portland,” said Byrd, a Black man.
Clark County Councilor Temple Lentz, who attended the vigil, expressed her condolences for the family on Twitter.
“Candles raised as people repeat his name. ‘Amazing Grace’ through speakers. Condolences to those he left. Please everyone stay safe and don’t engage the antagonists across the street,” she tweeted.