Black Lives Matter activists, and family members of a BLM activist called, Big Mike, held a vigil on the sidewalk around the Monroe County Courthouse Sunday evening.
Activists said Big Mike went to a convenience store around 2:11 a.m. to get supplies when they heard the gunshots. Soon the police arrived to tell the Black Lives Matter protesters on the Monroe County Courthouse Square that Big Mike had been killed in a shooting, and to ask some questions.
The Bloomingtonian does not have Big Mike’s real name yet, but expects the police will release it later in the investigation. Two family members, one who said Big Mike was his uncle, gave the Bloomingtonian their blessing to film them eulogizing their relative, and challenging BLM activists to make his life meaningful, and make his life matter.
“He lost his life being killed after he left this protest,” said one of two family members who spoke.
“He was out here doing the same thing that you all doing. That man is dead because people plotted on his life, come take what I’ve got.”
“They ain’t taking what none of us got, we gonna fight for what we’ve got.”
We gonna fight for you, you, you, you, you, you ….”
“Black Lives Matter because we’re the ones being the most oppressed, but we can’t sleep on the fact that every life matters, none the less.”
One of the family members told the activists … if you go home, and your signs go into the trash, then Big Mike’s life didn’t matter. He then challenged the activists to make the cause more than about words, but about action.
“Don’t do this here, and go home!”
Don’t just sit here today, and hold these signs up, and say ooh Black Lives, Black Lives … make it matter every day.”
The Reverend Angela Carter of the Beulah A.M.E. Church said a prayer for Big Mike as BLM activists joined hands. Then family members took a knee with activists. And candles were lighted for Big Mike.
The suspect who shot and killed Big Mike is still being sought by the police.
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