Select Board calls emergency meeting to discuss controversial rally planned for Thursday

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The Select Board will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. to “discuss a planned demonstration and rally at the Town Common.”

Thursday’s event has been billed as a rally where organizers and the family of deceased teenager Mikayla Miller will “demand answers” regarding the Hopkinton High School sophomore’s death.

Organizers have claimed the teen, who was Black and gay, was “murdered” and that it was racially motivated. There have been some very pointed and incendiary comments made on social media about Hopkinton and its residents, leading some in town to express concern that Thursday’s event could become violent. Other residents have voiced support for the rally and stated that they plan to attend in order to show support for Miller’s family.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office told the Independent last week, “This is not a suspicious death investigation and there is no foul play.” On Monday, DA Marian Ryan acknowledged there was a confrontation on April 17, the day before Miller’s body was found in the woods off West Main Street, reportedly hanging from a tree. Ryan indicated the confrontation was due to a relationship breakup.

Ryan made it clear that her office did investigate the situation, despite claims by Miller’s family and supporters that the teens involved were not interviewed.

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