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In photos: Community members march in protest following alleged hate crime in Lakeside

More than 50 community members gathered in peaceful protest Saturday evening for an anti-hate rally following the stabbing of a 16-year-old Black girl the previous weekend in Lakeside.

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Protesters march down Vine Street in Lakeside during the anti-hate rally in Lakeside, Saturday, April 23, 2022.

A boy and girl — who are 16 and 15 years old, respectively — are facing attempted murder and hate crime charges for the incident. The boy has been identified as white, but the girl's race has not been released.

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Tasha Williamson attends the anti-hate rally, Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Community advocate Tasha Williamson, who attended Saturday's rally, previously said the family is in hiding because they believe those involved have ties to a white supremacist gang.

"Lakeside Gangsters is a well-known heinous gang that has committed atrocities in Lakeside and around Lakeside. (The family) fear for their lives."
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Protesters gather for the anti-hate rally, Saturday, April 23, 2022.

The rally began early evening outside the corner of Ashwood and Mapleview in Lakeside. And ended around 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Community Center near Lindo Lake.

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Danielle Wilkerson, an organizer for the activist group East County BIPOC, speaks to protesters at the anti-hate rally, Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Danielle Wilkerson, an organizer for the activist group East County BIPOC, lead the group marching down Vine Street.

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Anti-hate protesters march to the Lakeside Community Center on Saturday evening, April 23, 2022.

Marchers chanted, "Whose streets? Our streets!" in protest of how the San Diego County Sheriff's Department has managed the investigation.

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Passersby on their way to the Lakeside Rodeo stop to look at protesters marching, Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Families on their way to the annual Lakeside Rodeo paused to watch.

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A man on his way to the Lakeside Rodeo and an anti-hate rally marcher exchange words, Saturday, April 23, 2022.

A man on his way to the rodeo was confronted by a protester after he began to yell his opposition at marchers.

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A protester waves a Black Lives Matter flag on the corner of Ashwood and Mapleview in Lakeside Saturday, April 23, 2022.
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Rally goers hold signs with anti-hate messages, Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Rally goers aimed to draw attention to what they said is a mishandled case that "emphasizes the systematic issues we face in addition to the discrimination from our own neighbors."

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Sheriff's deputies observe the anti-hate rally from a distance, Saturday, April 23, 2022.

During the march, Sheriff's deputies observed the protesters from a distance. The Sheriff’s Department faced community outrage last Tuesday during a town hall attended by more than 100 people. A number of those in attendance called the violent incident yet another example of unchecked racism in East County.

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Two rally goers listen to community leaders speak against hate, Saturday, April 23, 2022.

At the end of the rally, marchers listened to community activists speak against racism in Lakeside.

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Yusef Miller, of the North County Equity and Justice Coalition, spoke with rally goers, Saturday, April 23, 2022.

"We cant ask for changes," said Yusef Miller, of the North County Equity and Justice Coalition. "We had to demand that the young boy be arrested. We had demand that the young girl with the pipe be arrested. And we’re still demanding that the two adults that walked these children to this crime be arrested, and they’re not arrested yet."

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Danielle Wilkerson an organizer for the activist group East County BIPOC (@Eastcountybipoc) leads the rally and protest in Lakeside in response to the stabbing of a teenage girl by a 16-year-old boy in an apparent hate crime, Lakeside April 23, 2022.

San Diego County Sheriff's Department detectives are continuing their investigating after they recently re-arrested the 15-year-old girl in connection with the stabbing.

Some community advocates are outraged about the way the case is being handled by the DA and law enforcement.

Matthew Bowler is an award-winning journalist from San Diego. Bowler comes from a long line of San Diego journalists. Both his father and grandfather worked as journalists covering San Diego. He is also a third generation San Diego State University graduate, where he studied art with a specialty in painting and printmaking. Bowler moved to the South of France after graduating from SDSU. While there he participated in many art exhibitions. The newspaper “La Marseillaise” called his work “les oeuvres impossible” or “the impossible works.” After his year in Provence, Bowler returned to San Diego and began to work as a freelance photographer for newspapers and magazines. Some years later, he discovered his passion for reporting the news, for getting at the truth, for impacting lives. Bowler is privileged to have received many San Diego Press Club Awards along with two Emmy's.