Fayette County

Lexington groups to hold Saturday events in wake of police shootings

Three events will be held in Lexington on Saturday in honor of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Dallas police.

On Tuesday, Sterling was killed in Baton Rouge after an encounter with two police officers. On Wednesday, Castile died after police shot him in Falcon Heights, Minn. Thursday night, five Dallas police officers were killed and seven Dallas police officers and two civilians were injured after a peaceful protest turned violent.

At 1 p.m., a group of UK students called ForBlackUK will host a “healing circle” in front of UK’s main building. Event coordinator and UK doctoral student Della Mosley said songs, poems and discussion will be shared, and counselors from UK’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Center will attend.

WTVQ reported a Freedom March will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Courthouse and end in front of the mayor’s office, with the intention of raising awareness about community and national violence.

From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., a vigil called BlackLivesMatter: Vigil for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile will be held in Triangle Park. UK student Meghana Kudrimoti said she organized the event because she wanted the community to unite and take action about violence in the United States. Kudrimoti said it will be an open mic event where anyone may speak.

McKenna Horsley: 859-231-3197, @mckennahorsley