WKU students release balloons for anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- On Thursday night, dozens of Western Kentucky University students gathered on campus to remember the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death.

This Saturday will mark one year since she was killed in Louisville. Taylor was killed by police in Louisville when they forced their way into her apartment to serve a search warrant. Police and Taylor’s boyfriend exchanged gunfire which resulted in one officer getting shot and another officer facing criminal charges related to the shooting incident that day.

Students started the night off with readings and songs, followed by a chant for Taylor. They then released nearly one hundred purple and white balloons into the sky.

“I think it’s important to celebrate it because her life is still important. Regardless of if she’s passed away now I believe we still should bring and shed light to her life, and all women who have fallen to police brutality,” said event organizer and WKU student Robin Lester. 

“I’m originally from Louisville, Kentucky so it’s very close to my heart. I have friends who have protested day and night about this situation and unfortunately they could not be here today. But I’m here for them, in person physically since they cannot be here. And besides, Breonna Taylor was an African American woman who was trying to start a life and that’s exactly what I’m trying to do so that is close to home.”