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Vigil organizer Jeanne Scown of Geneva said more than 165 people attended the event, which was hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva on a vacant lot on Geneva’s Third Street on Aug. 14.
The vigil was a response to the violence of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members that shook Charlottesville, Va. from Aug. 11 through Aug. 13. Geneva’s vigil mirrored similar events throughout the nation.
“I’m here because I am outraged by the events of Charlottesville in the last few days,” Van Breda, a Geneva resident, said. “It’s unacceptable. ... Even a small town like Geneva can show that we are not part of what that represents and racism and bigotry is not part of our formula. I felt that this is a great opportunity for all of us to get together as a community and to show our support.”