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Justice for Josiah 38 Month Vigil 

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Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse for a  David Josiah Lawson vigil.  
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Valetta Molofsky sings Amazing Grace while Bethany Nass Cseh and Charmaine Lawson stand on the steps of the courthouse.
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Lyndon Benjamin blesses Charmaine Lawson with sage following the vigil.
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Julio Tores holds his arms up while listening to “Amazing Grace” being sung by Valetta Molofsky.
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Leonard Charles, who Charmaine Lawson said reminds her a lot of her son, spoke about the failures of the investigation as well as the prosecutors saying, I’m not going to believe for a few seconds they give a damn about justice.” He closed his passionate speech with, “Don’t ever let them steal your song.”
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Valetta Molofsky sings Amazing Grace while Bethany Nass Cseh and Charmaine Lawson stand on the steps of the courthouse.
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Supporters listen to the opening prayer by Bethany Nass Cseh.
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Mike Fennell chastised DA Maggie Fleming’s handling of the case.
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Dev Richards holds a Back Lives Matter sign during the vigil.
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Family Friend Andre Ramos, a retired police officer, relayed stories of David Josiah Lawson who he first met through a swim program he started.
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Lyndon Benjamin poses for a cell phone shot for his mother.
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The crowd wrapped around the steps at the courthouse.
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A supporter holds up their fist as Charmaine Lawson talks about her loss.
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Supporters hold Justice for Josiah signs as Charmaine Lawson makes her closing remarks.
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Charmaine Lawson tells the crowd they need to remove DA Maggie Fleming.
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Charmaine Lawson holds the mic for Eureka NAACP President Sharrone Blanck as they introduce students who have received scholarships from the fund in David Josiah Lawson’s name.
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The crowd listens to Lawson family friend Andre Ramos read a message from David Josiah Lawson’s brother.
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Amaya, left, and Ayana Watson told stories of some of the racism the had experienced growing up. Ayana was one of the Lawson memorial scholarship recipients this year and is attending Sacramento State.
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Jonéa Parks clasps her hands while she listens to the opening prayer by Bethany Nass Cseh.
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Valetta Molofsky sings Amazing Grace while Bethany Nass Cseh and Charmaine Lawson stand on the steps of the courthouse.

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