Vigil for Big Creek rape and torture victim unites blacks, whites in Logan County, WV

By Scott Finn 

Last month, the story of Megan Williams made national headlines. Logan County police say that Williams was raped and tortured for several days in a trailer in the small community of Big Creek. 

Williams is black, and her six alleged attackers all are white. Williams says they used racial slurs as they brutalized her. 

So far, prosecutors have declined to file hate crimes charges in the case. But the case has opened a dialog among blacks and whites in Logan County about race. They came together Tuesday night in a Big Creek church for a candlelight vigil in honor of Williams – and in the process, they reached across the racial divide.

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