The 179 candles set in a flickering, heart-shaped pattern emanated a warm glow near the Roundhouse, belying the somberness of the occasion.

Each candle represented a person killed by police in New Mexico since 2013. And the state has had the second highest rate of fatal police shootings in the U.S. since 2015, according to the Washington Post.

The families of two of those slain — Charles “Gage” Lorentz and Elisha Lucero — held the Remember the Many candlelight vigil Friday evening to commemorate those who lost their lives at the hands of police and to call attention to what they say is a dire problem in New Mexico.

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