Over 25 students at the Ohio State University convened last week to read the names of people of color that have been killed by police officers in the last two months, according to the Ohio State Lantern.
The students added Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Ohio State student who wielded a knife that wounded 11 people during a stabbing spree in late-November to the list.
Artan was a junior studying logistics management at Ohio State when he drove his Honda Civic sedan into a crowd of people on campus. After crashing into the crowd, he jumped out of the car and attacked passersby with a butcher knife.
Investigators have been looking into the incident as a possible terrorist attack.
“It appears that Artan may have at least been inspired by Anwar Awlaki and the Islamic State,” said Angela L. Byers, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Cincinnati.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the OSU stabbing, according to the New York Times.
The OSU Coalition for Black Liberation planned the commemorative event. Members of the group read Artan’s name alongside the names of dozens of other people of color who had been killed by police.
According to the Lantern, the event began with a eulogy for all people of color on the list. Their names and ages were then read aloud to the crowd.
A moment of silence followed.
During the gathering, some students said they had compassion for the suspect, and expressed concern about how Artan was perceived as a Muslim.
“The protest against police brutality extends to the innocent and the guilty alike, because we know that no matter the crime, justice, and due process don’t come from a cop’s bullet,” Maryam Abidi, a senior in Women’s Studies said at the event.
After the event was over, students were encouraged to attend a rally against Trump organized by the Ohio State International Socialist Organization.