WESTFIELD, NJ — After nearly 150 people turned out for a “Stand with Charlottesville” vigil in Westfield Sunday night, organizers Lydia Kaplan and Pam Brug — chairs of the race justice committee for the group Westfield 20/20 — have decided to hold an additional vigil each night this week, “so that everyone in our community has an opportunity to participate and come together,” Kaplan explained.
“Also, a tragedy is being mourned,” Kaplan said. “Out of respect for that, one night is far from enough.”
The vigils are part of many “Stand with Charlottesville” events being held around the country after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday ended in violence. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counter protester, was killed. Two state troopers also died in a helicopter crash while patrolling the area.
The vigils are taking place at Westfield’s Martin Luther King, Jr. monument, located on the South Avenue Circle. They begin at 7:30 p.m., with prayer by sundown, Kaplan said.