Students honor Ryan Gainer, a teenager who was recently killed by police, at the Nyumburu Patio on March 25, 2024. Photo by Natalie Weger | The Diamondback
Students honor Ryan Gainer, a teenager who was recently killed by police, at the Nyumburu Patio on March 25, 2024. Photo by Natalie Weger | The Diamondback

UMD students hold vigil to honor Ryan Gainer, call for end to police brutality

The University of Maryland’s Black Student Union hosted a vigil on the Nyumburu Cultural Center patio Monday to honor the life of Ryan Gainer, a 15-year-old boy with autism who California police shot and killed on March 9.


Content warning: This article contains explicit descriptions of police brutality and anti-Black violence and discusses police responses to behavioral health crises.

This university’s BSU organized Monday’s vigil due to the lack of cultural gathering on campus in response to police brutality, according to Minus, the organization’s president.

About 30 attendees stood side-by-side and held candles while engaging in conversations about how to raise awareness about police brutality. Students then reflected on Gainer’s death with 10 minutes of silence. Read more…


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