EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — Members of the community gathered Tuesday night to show support for the family of a man killed by a Grand Rapids police officer.
A vigil was held by Michigan State University Rock for Patrick Lyoya. The memorial took place on the same day that information from an independent autopsy was released by Lyoya’s family.
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The independent autopsy confirmed Lyoya was shot in the back of the neck by a Grand Rapids police officer during a traffic stop on April 4.
Lyoya, 26, leaves behind two children, five siblings and his parents. His funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids.
Organizers of Tuesday’s vigil said it served two purposes: to mourn Lyoya’s death and to raise awareness of racial injustice.
More than 100 students and community members gathered at MSU Rock for the vigil on Tuesday evening.
“I’m 22, Patrick was 26,” said Brook Woldu. “It’s hitting near me.”
Woldu is an MSU student. Although he is devastated by Lyoya’s death, he said he is grateful to have a tight-knit community he can reach out to.
“It’s good to know that we have family – a fraternity, a fraternity – in the state and here on campus and that we could meet here at MSU Rock, which is well known on campus,” said Woldu. “We can talk and express how we feel about the situation.”
Another rally on behalf of Lyoya will take place on Thursday.
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