Watertown residents lined the Watertown Square Delta Monday evening to show support of those injured during the demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, and to oppose racial and religious hatred.
The candlelight vigil was organized by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment and its Watertown Citizens for Black Lives group.
“Distressed by the bigotry and ensuing physical attacks in Charlottesville, and devastated by the deaths of Heather Heyer, Lt. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke Bates, old and young gathered with candles to mourn the victims of the hatred that exploded over the weekend,” Watertown Citizens announced.
The event was organized with less than 24 hours notice.
“It was clear that Watertown yearned to gather together and show its resolve to reject racial and religious hatred,” said Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, a member of Watertown Citizens.