Maryville Rally In Pictures: Hundreds Gather In Support Of Daisy Coleman In Rape Case

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Several hundred people filled the town square of Maryville, Mo., Tuesday to support two girls who say they were raped at a party and their attackers were not punished.

Daisy Coleman -- whose family was driven out of town -- was 14 years old when she says she was raped by then 17-year-old Maryville High football player Matthew Barnett at a party held at his house.

Charges were filed against Barnett following the January 2012 incident but were eventually dropped. Coleman as well as a second alleged rape victim -- her friend Paige Parkhurst -- have since stepped forward to speak out on the case. And Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice recently announced the case would be reopened for a special prosecutor to review. 

The rally, which was held at 6:30 p.m. CDT, was expected to draw about a hundred people. But more than 500 people turned out, according to KMBZ. The "Justice for Daisy" rally was originally planned to be a protest. But the rally's planners decided to refocus the purpose of the event. "As organizers we feel that supporters of this case should still have an opportunity to demonstrate peacefully and we are therefore changing this event from a protest to a rally for justice," said a statement on the rally's Facebook page. Courtney Cole, the creator of the Justice for Daisy Facbook event page said Anonoymous requested to partner with her for the rally, reports the Kansas City Star. 

View photos shared on Twitter from the rally below:

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

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