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Anti-death penalty protesters gather outside prison, Tuesday night

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People turn out from all walks of life and all religious backgrounds, at the State Penitentiary, as they stand in unity saying what the state is doing is wrong and it needs to make some changes.

For the second time this month, dozens stand in song and prayer as the state puts another prisoner to death.

"This is an unusual time for South Dakota to have two executions in about two weeks. Tonight, we're out here, we want the world to know South Dakota is not killing in our name," SD Peace and Justice Center's Director Tom Emanuel said.

Three South Dakota anti-death penalty organizations are represented. Others also turned out to take part in spreading the message. 

"I hate to think this gets to be a habit of executing people. That's what makes people not care as much. This man is harder to love than the last man but we still don't believe in Capital Punishment because it's stupid to kill people to say killing is wrong," Mary Ann Garrigan said.

Nobody is trying to diminish the impact of the crime committed or the pain brought to families.

"We pray for this man and his victim and their families. We just think violence is not acceptable and it doesn't solve anything," Garrigan said.

"This will be a time for prayer, time for reflection, solidarity with the victims of all violence with respect for life in all its forms," Emanuel said.

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