Jayland Walker prayer vigil returns to South High Street in Akron for third week
Members of Akron-area churches gathered in the city's designated demonstration zone on South High Street for the third week Tuesday.
The weekly vigils started April 11, the week before a special grand jury decided not to indict eight police officers responsible for the death of Jayland Walker following a police chase last year.
A crowd of around 30 the first week grew to about 50 on April 18, the day after the grand jury's decision. About a dozen showed up Tuesday to pray in front of city buildings, including the Harold K. Stubbs Justice Center, home to the Akron Police Department.
Organizer Kemp Boyd, executive director of the nonprofit Love Akron, a local faith group that organized the vigil, said the vigils will continue next Tuesday at 6 p.m. and will culminate on May 4, the National Day of Prayer.
Boyd is also president of the city's newly formed Citizens' Police Oversight Board, which also plans to look into the Walker case.
This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: About a dozen gather for Jayland Walker prayer vigil in Akron