Pleas for peace in Ferguson spread to Richmond - FOX Carolina 21

Pleas for peace in Ferguson spread to Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Hundreds of demonstrators converged on the center of Monroe Park Sunday, gathered to remember unarmed teenager Michael Brown and those killed in similar episodes of violence.

The rally came just hours before the release of a preliminary autopsy, indicating an officer shot Brown at least six times, including twice in the head.

"It could have been me, it could have been my friend's son," said Richmond demonstrator Pierce Hoehn in an interview Sunday. "We are here to simply ask for justice, and to call for calm."

The group grew to more than 300, and marched from Monroe Park to the steps of the John Marshall Courts Building in Downtown Richmond.

Many of the demonstrators were connected to friends or family members lost in rounds of violence. The revival of memories for the crowd at times proved too much to bear.

While speaking about those who have died, demonstration organizer Jamil Jasey took a moment to regain his composure, as members of the crowd clapped for him to continue.

"I know personally, I've lost too many friends," Jasey said.

While the tensions in Missouri continue, there is hope among the protesters in Richmond there will be an end to the pain.

"My message for the people who want the fighting to stop in Ferguson, is don't give up," said Richmond protester Les Brown. "You have all of these people out here supporting you. Don't give up."

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