Memphians hold vigil for women killed by police across U.S. - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphians hold vigil for women killed by police across U.S.

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Several dozen people came out to a vigil Thursday evening to honor women and transgender people killed by police across the country.

The "Say Her Name" vigil was held at Planned Parenthood at 2430 Poplar Avenue. It was organized by Memphis Feminist Collective and the Memphis chapter of Black Lives Matter.

People who attended the vigil stood in a circle, held candles, and held posters with names of women who were killed by police.

"It is our duty to fight for our freedom," they chanted.

"I always felt like if something was to happen to me, no one would care," Pauletta Geeter said. "And tonight we showed that people would care, people would say my name."

Geeter said she came out to show support, and because she has a 2-year-old daughter she loves.

"If something happens to me, if something happens to her, I don't want it to go ignored," said Geeter.

Sydney Jordan also attended the vigil.

"Just to show that black Women and black trans women are victimized by this too, not just the black men," said Jordan.

"No matter what walk of life you come from, you can reach out and support people of color," said Devin Lyle. "It's horrible that it's become so common place."

It was a peaceful vigil aimed at shining a light on an issue participants hope can be resolved.

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