URI holds ‘My Life Matters’ vigil in wake of recent violence

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – People gathered on the University of Rhode Island campus Wednesday afternoon for a vigil in memory of the Dallas officers killed last week – as well as Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the two black men who were shot and killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota recently.

“We have problems in America, climate problems that are based on inequalities, and injustice, violence is not a solution to these problems,” said Mark Hardge, Admissions Program Coordinator at URI.

University leaders encouraged students to seek unity and peace. Signs at the vigil read, “My Life Matters.”

(WPRI/ Scott Del Sole)
(WPRI/ Scott Del Sole)

David Dooley, President of URI said, “Our presence here together can be a step towards building the kind of society, the kind of country, and the kind of community we want here at the University of Rhode Island.”

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