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Violin vigil held at Lee Circle to honor lives lost to police brutality

Posted at 11:32 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 23:55:08-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A violin vigil was held Tuesday night at the Lee Monument honoring Elijah McClain and other lives lost to police violence.

Mcclain, a 23-year-old Black man, died last summer in Aurora, Colorado.

Three officers put him in a chokehold after they say he struggled with them after he was stopped for "being suspicious."

Paramedics later sedated McClain who died days later.

Organizers of the event say they've been inspired by other violin vigils held across the county in recent weeks.

"I felt like this was necessary I feel like music is healing, I feel like it's very important. And as we know music is universal so you can just see how many people play string instruments at all levels that wanted to express themselves and show up for Elijah," said Jennifer Arnold, Richmond Symphony Director of Artistic Planning and Orchestral Operations

Last night, the Aurora City Council adopted a resolution for an independent investigation into McClain's death.