Crowd gathers to hold vigil at Beavercreek Walmart

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BEAVERCEREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – More than 100 people gathered in the parking lot of the Beavercreek Walmart Thursday night to remember John Crawford and Angela Williams.

Police shot and killed Crawford after reports he was carrying a gun in the store, and refused to drop it on command.

Williams also died during the incident after suffering a medical condition as she tried to leave the store with her child.

It was later discovered Crawford was holding a BB gun, but exactly what transpired leading up to his confrontation with police remains uncertain and under investigation.

A wide range of ages and stories converged in front of the Walmart store remembering friends and neighbors.

“It’s about healing, but it’s also about how we can move forward so it doesn’t happen again,” said Amaha Sellassie, who helped organize he vigil.

At the same time of the Beavercreek gathering, ‘National Moment of Silence’ events took place across the country, born out of the unrest right now in Ferguson, Mo. to peacefully address the violent clashes between police and protestors. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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