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Austinites gather at Huston-Tillotson University for a candle light vigil held by AJC. (Christa McWhirter/Austonia)

On a gloomy Thursday evening, Austin Justice Coalition hosted a vigil to honor the lives of those killed by law enforcement. The event came just two days after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder as well as manslaughter for the death of George Floyd last May and on the eve of the one year anniversary of Mike Ramos' death.

Both names were catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement that sparked nationwide protests. More recently other police killings—Alex Gonzales in Austin, Adam Toledo in Chicago and Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota—have made news. The vigil brought people together to remember all lives lost at the hands of police.

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Shaunna Contreras and Stacy Johnson share a hug at Contreras' apartment in Round Rock. Johnson started a program called Grace365 that pays for apartments for former foster youth who are aging out of foster care such as Contreras. (Kristin Finan/Austonia)

It could be the pictures on the wall that perfectly reflect her personality. Or the full kitchen where she recently cooked up steak, asparagus and mashed potatoes for dinner.

But if 18-year-old Shaunna Contreras had to pinpoint her favorite thing about her new apartment, it would be the balcony, where she loves to sip her morning coffee while listening for the crickets and frogs that inhabit the creek below.

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With some Austinites entering day five with either no electricity, and possibly no water or natural gas, the winter storm has been a struggle, to say the least, for nearly all Texans.

Austonia asked our readers to tell us about what they have gone through. Between some reporting having power since the beginning, offering what they can to help their neighbors, and others just trying to keep warm, everyone in the city has kept going in the best ways they know how.

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The Children's Medical Group sign has become a memorial where patients and people who knew Dr. Dodson drop off flowers in her memory. (Christa McWhirter)

Friends and family of Dr. Lindley Johnson, who was killed in a murder-suicide at the pediatric clinic she worked at on Tuesday, have pitched in to create the Lindley Dodson Education Foundation.

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