Solidarity Vigil held in Bellbrock Park

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BELLBROOK, Ohio (WDTN) – A vigil is being held in Bellbrook tonight to honor George Floyd.

The event at Bellbrock Park on North Main Street aimed to help the community come together to listen and learn about the issues surrounding racial injustice.

“It’s not a black problem, it’s a human problem. I brought my son here because they need to see these faces. These are the issues African Americans, people of color, Appalachians, go through on a daily basis,” speaker Jo’el Jones said.

After many shared their stories and experiences with the protesters, there was a nearly 9 minute moment of silence to honor George Floyd’s death.

Many of the protesters laid on the ground repeating phrases like “I can’t breathe.”

“I could feel my body begin to hurt in my shoulder blades and then my face began to drop a little lower, and the time the beat happened, I was almost fully immersed into the ground, so I can’t imagine no one going through this,” Bellbrook resident Lakisha Taylor said.

It was a moment that brought Eve Conner to tears as she thought about the fears she has for her grandson.

“He’s always going to be looked at as a young black man and treated differently and that should not have to happen,” Conner said.

Following the moment of silence, the protesters made their voices heard by marching through Bellbrook.

“With this, and the sensationalism of it, you thank God it’s not your child, but often you think, that could have been my child and what would I have done,” Jones said. “George Floyd belongs to every last one of us.”

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