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Postponed: UNF to hold community gathering Tuesday after racist shooting over weekend

Editor’s Note: Due to the university shutting down on Tuesday and Wednesday for Hurricane Idalia, the university told Spinnaker they would communicate a new date for the community gathering soon.

The University of North Florida announced they will hold a community vigil on Tuesday to grieve, heal and support the community after a racist shooting left three dead in New Town on Saturday. 

Happening the same weekend commemorating the anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday, a white man with a manifesto and a swastika-emblazoned assault rifle shot three Black people in a Dollar Store near Edward Waters University, a historically black university. 

UNF is working with the City of Jacksonville and Edward Waters leadership to provide resources and support to members of the Jacksonville community impacted by this tragedy, wrote President Moez Limayem in a campus-wide email Monday afternoon.

“At UNF, we continue to embrace Dr. King’s dream, and we are committed to ensuring that Black members of our community have a sense of belonging where they are safe, valued and supported,” Limayem said.

The university will host a community gathering on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom D. 

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Carter Mudgett
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Carter Mudgett is a University of North Florida student majoring in multimedia journalism. He was Spinnaker's editor-in-chief from August 2021 to December 2023. Carter led Spinnaker to be awarded a 2023 Online Pacemaker Award, and most recently placed second in the Society of Professional Journalists's Sunshine State Awards for "Best Coverage of LGBT Issues" in the college category. Backed by a passion for creative storytelling and accurate reporting, Carter typically covers education, gender and race issues.

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