August 14, 2017

More than 300 people attended a peace vigil at Turner Park Sunday in response to the weekend chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Activist group Indivisible Nebraskans started organizing the event Saturday, in response to community frustration over the violence and President’s Trump remarks.

“There wasn’t a clear denouncement of these actions that took place this weekend, and so we’re showing up to make our own statement that this is not acceptable in this community and it’s not acceptable in any part of America,” Indivisible Nebraskans co-chair Layne Jensen said.

The peaceful rally kicked off with a moment of silence for the lives lost during Saturday’s incident, including a 32-year-old woman who was killed in an intentional car crash, and two state troopers who were monitoring the event and died when their helicopter went down.

Rally-goers brought “Love Over Hate” signs, American and gay pride flags, and candles.

Those in attendance say they’re supporting unity and love, and hope their voices are stronger than the hateful ones.

“That’s why I’m here, just to have a voice, because we’re all one, and we should all love each other,” attendee Catherine Gordon said, “why can’t we all just get along?”

Politicians like Congressional Candidate Brad Ashford also attended the event. Ashford says political leaders should be very clear that the showing of racism, hate and divisiveness in Virginia should not be tolerated or sugar-coated.

“There is no excuse, there is no way to parse it out, or make it sort of not good, it’s awful,” Ashford said.

Omaha police did have cruisers surrounding the vigil, but no violence broke out and no counter-protestors were present.