BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) - A candlelight vigil was held in downtown Bloomington NewYear’s day to honor a slain Indiana University professor.
Several hundred people turned out for the vigil. They litcandles and stood in silence lining the sidewalk of the square toremember the murdered professor.
Friends, co-workers, and even complete strangers say they feltthe vigil was necessary to show the community does not stand forsuch violence.
Investigators said 25-year-old Michael Griffin stabbed DonBelton multiple times inside Belton’s Bloomington home duringa fight.
Court documents said Griffin told police Belton sexuallyassaulted the suspect last week and Griffin confronted Belton aboutit on Monday.
According to police, Griffin used a military weapon known as apeace keeper to commit the murder.
Friends said Belton’s death came as a shock to everyonebecause he was such a beloved member of the community.
“I think it’s important to show the community he wasan extremely well liked person both academically andgenerally,” said Rae Greiner, Belton’s friend.
Friends say they don’t believe Griffin’s accusationthat Belton sexually assaulted him.
Griffin has pleaded not guilty to the murder.
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