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Miranda Trivette holds a protest sign Friday, demanding justice for Walter ‘Dood’ Pritchard.
Photo by Caroline Harris

Originally published: 2013-07-31 16:20:15
Last modified: 2013-07-31 16:20:59

Rally for 'Dood'

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Family and friends of Walter “Dood” Pritchard gathered in Newland Town Square and staged a public protest on Friday, July 26. Pritchard died in Avery County Jail on July 10 following his arrest, and protesters believe he should have received medical care. 
The “Justice for Dood Boy” webpage currently has 448 “likes” on Facebook. 
Social media platforms such as Facebook are an increasingly often-used organizational tool for groundswell protests. 
On Friday, protesters in Newland Town Square were calling for answers.
“I want answers, first of all. I don’t understand why he didn’t receive medical care. He should have received medical care, plain and simple. It’s a mess. We just want answers, that’s it,” Pritchard’s sister, Kim Storie, said.
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