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Vigil held in Springfield for Hurricane Maria victims

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A candle light vigil for Hurricane Maria victims is underway in Springfield.

Dozens of people gathered on Main Street to share their message. 

The solidarity rally put on by western Massachusetts Boricuas is to push for the independence of Puerto Rico and to remember the victims of Hurricane Maria.

A recent report claims the estimated death toll of that hurricane is 4,645 which is a number far greater than what the government initially reported.

The organizers of Friday's rally say Puerto Rico is in a downward economic spiral, and the island needs the tools that independence provides to get out of this.

"We live in a free country here in the United States. There's a lot of free countries in the world, and we just want to be able to create a democratic, prosperous nation that can live with friendly, commerce relations with the United States," said Rene Gonzalez.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico last fall, and there will also be speakers at the rally addressing the current situation as some the island is still without power. 

The vigil is set to run until 7 p.m.

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