Violin Vigil for Elijah McClain and Jane Thompson in Grand Junction

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Right and Wrong, a local group advocating for human rights within the community, planned a violin vigil event in honor of Elijah McClain and Jane Thompson.

McClain was the 23-year-old black man who was apprehended by the Aurora Police Department after someone called 9-1-1 about seeing a suspicious person back in August of 2019.

McClain was placed in a chokehold and given a sedative by first responders, he then went into cardiac arrest while on the way to the hospital and was taken off life support three days later after being declared brain dead.

Jayne Thompson was a 33-year-old transgender woman, shot and killed in Grand Junction by a Colorado State Trooper in May of 2020.

The event included live music, speeches about the victims, and calls for justice.

After the gathering, the group moved over to the Mesa County Motor vehicle division to ask Governor Polis to take further action, while Polis was in town signing bills.

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