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Riverton hosts third march after detox shooting

Jul 16, 2017 - By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

A third annual peace march will take place Tuesday, on the second anniversary of a deadly shooting at the Center of Hope alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation facility in Riverton.

The first peace march was organized in the wake of the shooting, which was perpetrated by city employee Roy Clyde.

Ron Howard, who's organized all three marches, said that marking the anniversary is "a good way to reaffirm a commitment to a peaceful community."

"The rest of the country seems to be very, very divided," he said. "If the rest of the country falls apart, we can still stand up ... and say we're still together."

Howard said that during the first march in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, there was a lot of anger and hateful rhetoric that now seems to have subsided.

"A lot of people were physically afraid of their own well-being if they marched," he said. "I don't think people are afraid anymore."

The march is set to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Rotary Park. It will continue down Main Street before reaching City Park.

Howard said he expects Riverton Mayor Lars Baker to speak, and he is still hoping that representatives from the Fremont County Commission, Wyoming Legislature and local tribal councils will speak. The march will be followed by a spaghetti dinner in the park.

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