PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – She was set to start a job there last week, but Sunday night Prairie View A&M University was the site of a vigil for Sandra Bland. She allegedly committed suicide in a Waller County jail cell a week ago.
Sunday evening, dozens of people turned out to remember the woman whose family says would never have taken her own life.
“We’ve had so so many cases like sister Sandra Bland who have passed. I believe that as a community, we must unite and stick together to create change,” said one of the vigil’s attendees.
Bland’s family has asked for an independent autopsy to figure out how she died. The Texas Organizing Project, which helped put together the vigil, also wants the U.S. Justice Department to look into Bland’s death.
TOP is also coordinating several events honoring Bland this week. A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at S.H.A.P.E Community Center in Houston. Another candlelight vigil is also planned this Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. outside the Waller County Sheriff’s Office.