I would like to say how profoundly proud I am of the young men and women of Troy and its surrounding towns. This is a group of 300 plus who gathered peacefully to mourn together the loss of Taylor Hall –friend, loved one, classmate, acquaintance. These participants came from all walks of life; some have tattoos, piercings, long hair, short hair, and still this was a peaceful vigil. There was no rioting or looting, no damage to any private property, no police, no tear gas.
I hope as people pass our young men and women on the street, in the store or in our neighborhoods that they take a moment to smile and wave. People may not like their hairstyle or their piercings, but that is not what makes a person. It is what they hold in their heart, the way they behave in extreme situations and the way they can speak with conviction when they feel strongly about a cause.
These young men and women are our future. I am proud to say I was born and raised in Troy. It is not the town that it was 50 years ago yet it still raises its children to love and respect.
This vigil for Clark could have easily turned into a Ferguson situation.
Once again, I hope not only the older generation but also the newer one have an opportunity to read this and know that I am proud of each and every one of them.
Tona (Huston) Walker