EUGENE, Ore. -- "An attack against one is an attack against all," the chant echoed throughout the University of Oregon campus Wednesday. Hundreds gathered to show support for the campus Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer Alliance.
There are no new leads in the investigation into who spray painted a swastika at the LGBTQA office on campus last weekend. Campus spokesperson Julie Brown said the Department of Public Safety is still trying to solve the crime. Eugene Police are helping with the investigation.
The crime spurred hundreds of students into action in a show of support for the student group.
Some skipped lunch. Others skipped class.
"I saw all the people and I felt like I needed to be here," said UO junior Miles Cressman.
Their message of hope was triggered by a message of hate.
"It really hurt a lot of people," said UO freshman Jacob Stillwell.
"It's been a whirl-wind of emotions, but I am definitely proud of this community," said LGBTQA Co-Director Alex Esparza. "I am proud of the fact that we can all unite even though this event only effected a small population of people. It nevertheless effects everybody and I am glad that people recognize that."
On Tuesday night, more than 200 people held a candlelight vigil. Less than 24 hours later, another rally another 100 people showed up to show their support.
One by one students and community members stood up, grabbed the microphone and told the crowd they will not be silenced.
"It's the school," said Stillwell. "It's the community. It's the world. We needed to bring it together."
While there is huge support now the LGBTQA community tells me there is still work to make sure everyone is treated equally.
Organizers hung a rainbow balloon arch to say that even when the rallies are over, the message will still stand strong.