MWSU Students, Staff Remember Michael Brown in Vigil

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 08/25 2014 11:13PM

Updated 08/25 2014 11:43PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)Through song, silent prayer and remembrance, students, staff and others at Missouri Western paid tribute to Michael Brown and spoke out against the violence in Furgeson.

"We should all come together as one," said freshman Stephen Betts, who attended the vigil on the first day of classes at the university.

The vigil was sponsored by the university's Center for Multicultural Education. Those who came hoped to make a difference.

"Slowly but surely, we are working together to do something about this," said Breauna Watkins, a MWSU student from Florissant, Missouri, located just a couple miles from Furgeson. "We don't have to act out of anger. We don't necessarily have to be scared."

Watkins left her hometown to come to college just days before Michael Brown was shot.

"I'm seeing everything and I'm feeling for my family's life," she said. "A lot of things that were happening, the rioting was right around the corner from my house."

In addition to fear, there are a lot of other emotions. While most at the vigil were upset about the way Brown was shot and killed, they were also upset about the reaction by many in the community.

"I'm still angry at everything else that happened," Watkins said. "A lot of innocent people were harmed. Companies were destroyed."


"When you see how many people care about it, I would think it would help make the police try and do more about it faster," Betts said.

"If one person is angry, then everybody's angry," added Watkins. "If one person shows they can give back with peace and love, slowly but surely, everyone will do it."

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