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Riots at vigil for LGBTI student shot by police

Riots at vigil for LGBTI student shot by police

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A peaceful vigil for LGBTI student activist turned violent on Monday night.

Scout Schultz was shot by police on Saturday night. They were then pronounced dead at the hospital.

The candlelit vigil took place at 8pm EDT.

Students chanted ‘Who’s tech? Scouts tech.’

‘It’s so unnecessary’

Then reports say around 50 people marched from the location of the vigil to Georgia Tech Police headquarters.

The riot started just after 9:30 pm EDT.

Georgia Tech Univerity issued an emergency alert, asking all students to stay inside.

Rioters set a police SUV on fire.

Two officers were injured. One was transported to the hospital. Officials said they should both be okay.

Witness Kris Harris said: ‘Multiple people who attended made it clear it wasn’t Georgia Tech protestors it was people outside of Georgia Tech. It’s so unnecessary.’

Three people were arrested. They were charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer.

It has not been confirmed whether the three people arrested were students of Georgia Tech.

‘Why did you have to shoot?’

Nelly Miles is a Georgia Burea of Investigation spokeswoman.

Miles said Schultz was the one to make the 911 call on Saturday night.

She explained: ‘In the call, Shultz describes the person as a white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip.’

Three suicide notes were found in Schultz’s dorm room, adds Miles.

Schultz’s father asks: ‘Why did you have to shoot? That’s the question. I mean, that’s the only question that matters right now. Why did you kill my [Schultz]?’

He says the incident should not have ended with his child’s death.

The attorney for the Schultz family released the following statement:

‘On behalf of the family of Scout Schultz, we ask that those who wish to protest Scout’s death do so peacefully.  Answering violence with violence is not the answer.  Our goal is to work diligently to make positive change at Georgia Tech in an effort to ensure a safer campus for all students.

‘This is how we will truly honor Scout’s life and legacy.

‘Scout’s family respects the rights of those who wish to voice opposition to what they feel was an unnecessary use of force, but they ask that it be done respectfully and safely.’