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KC unites to show support for victims of Charlottesville violence

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People were sending their support to Charlottesville from nearly every major city in the U.S. on Saturday night, including Kansas City.

The organizers of the rally in KC planned it all very quickly.

They said they want to bring people together regardless of race or politics.

Kansas Citians united for peace and rallied against racism.

“I've been a lifelong republican,” said demonstrator Mari-Lynn Poskin. “I'm here to promote love. Loving our neighbors is the only way we're going to succeed as a country.”

Poskin and other demonstrators denounced white supremacy and said it should not be a partisan issue.

“It's a people issue,” Timothy McMahon said. “Hatred is something that affects people regardless of race, issue, or political party.”

“Regardless of where you stand politically, you have to be willing to look at this and say, ‘I'm not going to affiliate with that,’” Shannon Mahzoon said.

They were mourning those killed and injured in Charlottesville this weekend and are hoping for an end to the violent protests.

“The stuff happening around the world and in Virginia is just not okay,” Americus Counts said.

“It contradicts everything America stands for,” McMahon said.

“Kansas City is where the heart of our country is,” Poskin said. “I want it to be known that the heart of our country is love.”

The organizers of the rally at the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain yesterday night extended the time of the event so that more people could attend. As of last night, they are not planning to hold another vigil this weekend.

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