RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – As the rain fell down Monday night, nearly 800 people gathered to remember not only the 29 miners lost last month, but all of the 52 people they say were killed in a Massey Energy mine in the past decade.
Each person that attended held a candle representing someone they knew personally affected by a mining incident. They're hoping their demonstration will draw attention to what they call a shameful safety record at Richmond-based, Massey. The number of people who came from as far away as Alabama showed just how serious the situation is.
"It is sad if their families are here. It hurts. I mean it really does hurt," said miner, Brian McKinney.
That hurt is directed at Massey Energy leaders. It was felt by everyone who spoke out against a company they believe is mistreating its workers.
"These miners should possess the right to say kiss my ***!" said United Mine Workers Association President, Cecil Roberts.
"Enough is enough! Enough is enough! We will stop what they're doing!" said another person at the rally.
This vigil and demonstration come as members of the union plan to attend Massey's shareholders meeting Tuesday hoping for a change.
A spokesperson for Massey Energy wouldn't comment until after the shareholders meeting tomorrow.
The people out for tonight's vigil will be back to march and protest Tuesday morning at 8 am.