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Protestors: Capital Punishment is not the answer

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The number of people in and around the State Penitentiary will be much higher than usual, Monday night, as dozens of people are expected to stand in protest and support of the death penalty.

One of those people is Karl Kroger, a pastor and president of the SD Peace and Justice Center in Pierre.

"If we're not standing out against it, we're just standing on the sidelines. In essence, we're endorsingKarl Kroger said.

Kroger, and people like him, will also be here because they want to send another message, one that helps young people to understand something, they say, isn't the answer.

"Here as adults we're giving this example that when you are hurt, you can go out and, not only hurt people, but end their life. We hope that as adults, we can offer greater models of what grace, love and kindness looks like with no exceptions to that," Kroger said.

And tonight, he hopes people have a chance to think about victims' families while they reflect on the state's decision.

"It will be a somber mood as we reflect on the seriousness on what will be occurring. We'll be reflecting on the pain all victims feel but as I said we'll gather with a sense of hope that this will be no more," Kroger said.

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