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Troy Davis vigil at State Capitol 

ATLANTA, Georgia - September 21, Wednesday night at the Georgia Capitol was a roller coaster of emotions. Hundreds of Troy Davis supporters gathered for a vigil with a glimmer of hope that Davis would be granted clemency before his execution scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Georgia State Prison in Jackson.
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Theron Johnson encourages motorists driving past the Capitol to honk their horns in support of Troy Davis. Throughout the evening motorists reigned down a chorus of horns.
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Officer Cunningham of the Capitol police looks on at protesters. There were no arrests during the protest.
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A couple members of the crowd held signs that advocated violence. A man who gave his name as Troy Davis holds a sign that reads "Good Cop=Dead Cop." He explained, "It's more of a statement designed to radicalize people, it does not represent what I feel, it's more of a call to action."
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Troy Davis vigils occurred around the world last night attracting a wide variety of people. The protest at the Georgia state capitol was the first demonstration Derrick Spivey (pictured with glasses) had ever attended, "I got tired of sitting around the house and not making a difference," he said.
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The sadness of the crowd reflected in the faces of the people as the clock approached 7:00 pm, the scheduled time for Davis' execution.
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The crowd outside the Capitol five minutes before Davis' scheduled execution.
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Nathan Jordon (black shirt), outside the Capitol as the church bells rang signaling 7 p.m., the time scheduled for Davis' execution. "I am here," he said, "because I am Christian and I believe in the gospel of love."
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Georgia State University students Katherine Paste (hat) and Hira Mohmood as the clock passes the time for Davis' scheduled execution.
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Around 7:05 p.m. with no announcement of Davis' death, word began to spread in the crowd that Davis had been granted a stay of execution. Laura Seay, assistant Professor of Political Science at Morehouse, excitedly spreads the word that Davis had not been killed.
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As day turned into night, Davis supporters continued to rally at the Capitol.
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With the announcement that the Supreme Court was reviewing the case, hope spread that Davis would be granted a stay and his unjust execution would not occur.
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Jared Feuer of Amesty International updated the crowd from the stage as the evening progressed but little news of Davis' fate was forthcoming. "The death penalty is not based on guilt or innocence, money or saving lives — it is based in power, race, class, and they want us to know they will go forward with it no matter what," Feuer said. "They can shove it down our throats, but we can shove back. This cannot stop tonight. Tonight, we are going to learn how to get involved."
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As it got later in the evening crowd members continued to hold signs.
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As it got later in the evening crowd members continued to hope that Davis would not be killed.
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Many hours after the crowd had gathered, no word of Davis' fate had been announced and people were encouraged to start thinking about spending the night in front of the Capitol to wait for the announcement of Davis' fate. Capt. Robinson of the Capitol police said that their permit would run out at 11 p.m. and it would "depend on circumstance" whether police would make arrests. Days earlier, Davis supporters had spent the night in front of the James "Sloppy" Floyd building across from the Capitol waiting to hear the decision from the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on whether Davis' execution would go forward.
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Ink and Joe of the band Vintage Nation kept the crowd upbeat with "Freestyle From the Heart."
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As the hours passed the crowd at the Capitol began to thin.
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At around 10:30 p.m., three-and-a-half hours after Davis was scheduled to be executed, it became official that the U.S. Supreme Court had denied Davis' stay meaning he would be executed shortly.
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Ariana Lima hugs her son Zion in reaction to the news that Davis' execution would move forward and "in fear," she said, "that this is the world that Zion will be inheriting."
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Theron Johnson encourages motorists driving past the Capitol to honk their horns in support of Troy Davis. Throughout the evening motorists reigned down a chorus of horns.
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