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Photos: Hundreds attend balloon release and march honoring life and legacy of Antwon Rose II

click to enlarge Danielle Brown, mother of Marquis Brown who died in his dorm room at Duquesne University, shares a moment with Michelle Kenney, mother of Antwon Rose II following her speech. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
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Danielle Brown, mother of Marquis Brown who died in his dorm room at Duquesne University, shares a moment with Michelle Kenney, mother of Antwon Rose II following her speech.
Antwon Rose II has become symbolic of a rallying cry for injustices against Black Americans. Rose was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police two years ago, and his shooter, Micheal Rosfeld, was eventually acquitted of all charges.

Rose's death was made all the more tragic as it occurred on Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans. Today, two years from June 19, 2018, hundreds marched through the streets of East Pittsburgh in his memory.

The event brought out considerable support from community, friends, and family, including Michelle Kenney, Rose's mother, who addressed the crowd.

"So I'm kind of thinking, if we could get both sides to work together, all our faces would look like Antwon's," said Kenney.


The event was paid for in part by RocNation, an entertainment company founded by rapper Jay-Z. Kenney told the crowd: "When I called RocNation two weeks before all of this took place and said, 'I changed my mind,' they said, 'We got you.' And when I said they meant they had me, they really do have me."

Others in attendance included the mother of Marquis Brown, a Black Duquesne student with a suspicious death; Pittsburgh Steelers player Zach Banner; and numerous politicians, including Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Lt. Governor John Fetterman, and state Reps Ed Gainey (D-East Liberty) and Conor Lamb (D-Mt. Lebanon).

The march last about two hours and included a purple and white balloon release in honor of Rose, as well as a billboard along Route 30 with Rose's photograph and the message: "Antwon Rose II, We will always miss and love him."

click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge Pennsylvania State Police and North Versailles Police sit in front of the Antwon Rose II billboard. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Pennsylvania State Police and North Versailles Police sit in front of the Antwon Rose II billboard.
click to enlarge Zach Banner of the Pittsburgh Steelers attends the protest with his sister. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Zach Banner of the Pittsburgh Steelers attends the protest with his sister.
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CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge Lt. Governor John Fetterman holds a sign in memory of Antwon Rose II. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Lt. Governor John Fetterman holds a sign in memory of Antwon Rose II.
click to enlarge Residents of East Pittsburgh watch the presentation in honor of Antwon Rose II from their porches. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Residents of East Pittsburgh watch the presentation in honor of Antwon Rose II from their porches.
click to enlarge Michelle Kenney, mother of Antwon Rose II, reacts during a speech on stage. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Michelle Kenney, mother of Antwon Rose II, reacts during a speech on stage.
click to enlarge Mayor Bill Peduto attends the march in memory of Antwon Rose II. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Mayor Bill Peduto attends the march in memory of Antwon Rose II.
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CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
click to enlarge Balloons are released by family members of Antwon Rose II in memory of him in front of the billboard along Route 30 in East Pittsburgh. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
Balloons are released by family members of Antwon Rose II in memory of him in front of the billboard along Route 30 in East Pittsburgh.

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