Dozens gather in Houston in support of teen killed by Ferguson police

By Keith Garvin - Anchor/Reporter , Erica Young - News Producer

HOUSTON - Solidarity, change, and a call for justice were all were themes at a vigil Thursday evening at MacGregor Park for slain teenager Michael Brown.

A crowd of more than 100 people turned out to make their voices heard in honor of the unarmed Ferguson, Missouri, teen who was shot and killed by a police officer.

"What I'm hearing from people is that they're upset and they're frustrated," said vigil organizer Ashley Williams. "They're tired of sitting back and being quiet."

"It just happened in a really bad way in Missouri and people didn't take it," said rally attender John Mulligan. "So I think everybody feels connected to it if you live in America and you've got your eyes open."

The rally was sparked by the online movement National Moment of Silence, but people were anything but silent. They not only shared their frustrations and hope, they also discussed their own painful stories of when they felt victimized by police officers.

But wanting more than just a forum for frustration, organizers pledged to take steps to turn the rally into a movement.

"This is specifically just a beginning," said Williams. "(It's) just a starting point for us to be able to reach out to the community and let people know that we're here, and we care and we're moving on your behalf."

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