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Students at the University of North Carolina Charlotte hold a vigil by lying on the floor of the student union following Tuesday's police fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott at The Village at College Downs apartment complex in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Students at the University of North Carolina held a 'lie-in' to protest police shootings


Students at the University of North Carolina staged a lie-in on campus Wednesday night to protest police brutality following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man killed by police in an apartment complex parking lot in Charlotte.

That shooting was just a few miles from the UNC campus.

More than 400 students filled the Student Union rotunda to showcase a "peaceful protest," lying on the floor for at least two hours.

WCNC's Mark Boyle tweeted from the scene.

Some sang, stomped and prayed for peace in what one student said is a world gone "crazy."

Students watched on as one student sang "Stand" by gospel singer Donnie McClurkin.

Students at the University of North Carolina held a 'lie-in' to protest police shootings

WATCH  | "It doesn't matter that I didn't know him. He was still a part of my people. All of these are my people. So when one of us is hurt, all of us is hurt," said UNC Charlotte freshman Farren Jenkins.

A string of peaceful protests were held on campus throughout the day.

'Grieve the loss of human life'

"As a campus community that serves as an anchor for all of University City, we grieve the loss of human life and extend our condolences to the family of Keith Lamont Scott," UNCC Chancellor Philip L. Dubois said in a statement.

"We trust that city and police officials will conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his death."

Rumors spread on social media that there was an individual with a weapon on campus after the shooting. Campus police said the rumors were not true.

Students congregate on campus

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