EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – More than 100 people gathered at the Michigan State University Rock Tuesday night to remember Patrick Lyoya.
Lyoya was killed by a police officer in Grand Rapids on April 4.
Police footage was released last week showing Lyoya and an officer wrestling over a taser, and ultimately the officer shooting Lyoya in the back of the head.
At the vigil, many people in attendance talked about police reform and what they thought could have been done to prevent Lyoya’s death.
“Sadly, there aren’t many conversations occurring about next steps, as far as reform and putting policies in place to make sure that this doesn’t happen again,” said Nicko, from the Royal Black Panther Party of Grand Rapids. “Well, the Grand Rapids Police Department has way more funds than they need. We’d like to see them defund it to 32%. We’d also like for the officer who murdered Patrick Lyoya to be convicted of his crime.”
The flyer for the protest read “Enough is enough,” and said “Rest in peace Patrick Lyoya and all other victims of police brutality.”
On Tuesday, April 19, a private autopsy confirmed that the officer’s gunshot was what killed Lyoya.
Another vigil was held for Lyoya on Saturday.
Lyoya’s funeral will be held Friday in Grand Rapids.