Hundreds packed together Friday night for a candlelight vigil in memory of Kevin E. Peterson Jr. of Camas, a young Black man shot and killed by Clark County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday night.
Along Highway 99 in Hazel Dell, a crowd chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “Black Lives Matter!” shortly before the vigil started at 7 p.m.
A group also quietly gathered at the back of the lot for the US Bank branch, 6829 N.E. Highway 99, the scene of the shooting. People lit candles in remembrance and left messages for Peterson, 21. The fence at the back of the lot was adorned with Black Lives Matter signs and others that read “Scream His Name” and “Stop the Lynching.” By 7:15 p.m., the crowd there had grown to hundreds of people, with more on the sidewalk along the highway.
There was also a collection of people, some armed, standing away from the vigil crowd, waving American flags and pro-President Donald Trump flags. A group of counterprotesters lined the sidewalk in front of the Hazel Dell Fred Meyer down the street from the vigil. Photos and video shared on social media showed people holding Trump and Blue Lives Matter flags.
The shooting, which prompted an early-morning demonstration by a group of protesters, occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday in the bank parking lot. The branch has been closed for months because of the pandemic and is slated for permanent closure.