- The Washington Times - Friday, August 15, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri, protesters aren’t alone — at least that’s the message thousands around the nation wanted to send when they rallied in roughly 90 different cities to show solidarity with St. Louis.

The vigils included a “National Moment of Silence” for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed on Saturday during what police say was a struggle with an officer over a gun, The Associated Press reported. Witnesses to the shooting give different accounts, and some say Brown was actually shot and killed while he was holding his arms up, as if in surrender.

The vigils crossed ethnic boundaries; in St. Louis, hundreds of both whites and blacks gathered to honor Brown’s memory, AP reported.

In New York, about 1,000 marched peacefully in Union Square, AP reported. In Orlando, Fla., roughly 15 miles from where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a crowd of about 100 gathered to show support for Ferguson. And in Nevada, several dozen banded together outside a federal courthouse in Reno for the same reasons, AP reported.

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