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Varnum LLP’s Statement on the April 4 Killing of Patrick Lyoya

April 19, 2022

We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Patrick Lyoya and the Grand Rapids community on the tragic and heartbreaking loss of a neighbor, a beloved son, a big brother, and a loving father to two young children. 

Patrick Lyoya’s death has reverberated from Grand Rapids to the entire country, and we stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, clients and community, and all who are grieving this loss. 

In the wake of such a tragedy, we believe it is important to reaffirm our commitment to true equality and the inherent dignity of all people. As legal professionals who believe in the rule of law, we share the feelings of many shaken after a killing that feels all too familiar and seek to end violence caused by discrimination. We join in our community’s demands for justice.

The status quo is unacceptable. 

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