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Posted on October 20, 2010

Students at California University of Pennsylvania have organized a candlelight vigil and procession for Oct. 21 in memory of Jeron X. Grayson, a Hampton University student who was fatally shot Oct. 17 in California Borough.

All campus community members will gather on the campus Quad, near the Vulcan statue for a short program organized by the Black Student Union. It will include music by the Young and Gifted Gospel Choir and the University Choir, and the lighting of candles.

Participants will walk down Second Street to Mechanic Street in California Borough, where a prayer for unity will be offered at the scene of the shooting.

Students living off campus and other members of the community are being asked to turn on their porch lights as a show of support.

The students will return to campus for a presentation by author and speaker Will Keim, who will discuss the value of friendships and the meaning of community in troubled times. Keim's program, Leadership in the 21st Century: Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope, will begin at 8 p.m. in the Natali Student Center.

The talk, organized by Cal U's Office of Greek Affairs, is open to all students, including fraternity and sorority members.

After the program, clergy members who have expressed an interest in offering support to students will meet with them at a coffee-and-cookies reception in the student center.

In addition, University ombudsperson Dr. Lisa McBride will share information about Cal U Men United, a newly formed group that offers support and addresses topics of special interest to men of color on campus.