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SEATTLE -- The death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, has led to vigils across the country Thursday, including Seattle.

Dozens of people gathered at Seattle's Westlake Center Thursday afternoon to quietly stand in solidarity to those protesting in Ferguson. Among the people who participated was Rick Williams, the brother of Seattle woodcarver John T. Williams, who was killed in a police shooting a few years ago.

Hurts my heart. I wish I could go there and help. I didn't like was I saw in the news or my Facebook browser. I just find it sad that you want to strike back, but it's not going to help. The only way you can do it is handle it calmly, said Williams.

Another vigil was planned outside Queen Anne Baptist Church. The two rallies were two of dozens of moments of silence events held across the country to show support.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray reached out to his Twitter followers on Thursday, saying, A police service should not supress the rights of the press to cover news events, nor should peaceful protesters be threatened with militarized force.

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