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Photo by Eleanor Skelton

Several local groups gathered in the summer twilight outside Orange City Hall on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Shelby Smith, who kickstarted the Golden Triangle Indivisible group with the women’s march back in January, explained that the candlelight service commemorated “those who have died at the hands of racism” and also demanded justice for victims of hate after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where counterprotesters clashed with white nationalists and other right-wing groups Saturday, Aug. 12.

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In another recent attack against law enforcement officers, an assailant carrying an assault rifle and a pistol, with a backup assault rifle reportedly hidden in his car, shot and killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on July 17 before he was taken down.

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Editor's Note: Jesse Doiron, an award- winning advocate for victims of crime, teetered on death’s door after a North Texas assault. He has recounted his story on national television, in victim's meetings, and even at prison rehabilitation classes with violent offenders. It is his belief that sharing his story has not only helped others, but helped a part of him heal from the violent attack he suffered, as well.

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