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Community members rally, demanding ‘Justice 4 Jazz’

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Approximately 200 people rallied in Quincy's Washington Park Saturday afternoon in support of Quincy University student Jazzpher Evans.

The park was filled with posters, flags, and t-shirts all in support of the "Justice4Jazz" movement.

Evans, 19, said she was attacked at The Barn nightclub early Easter Sunday morning by the club's owner, 47-year-old Steve Homan.

Evans said Homan put her in a headlock and threw her to the ground, leaving injuries to her head and face.

Homan has been charged with aggravated battery. He's set to appear in court next month, but prosecutors said they plan to go to a Grand Jury for a Bill of Indictment before then.

Evans' family said they are pleased with that charge against Homan, but said Saturday's rally sends a message that the fight for "Justice4Jazz" is not over.

"Even though Steve Homan has been charged we know it's not over. So, we have to continue to spread awareness and protest against violence," Jazzpher's aunt, Sharron Evans, said.

In addition to Quincy residents and Quincy University students, the rally was attended by people from Joliet, Ill. and Milwaukee, Wis.

After the rally, the group marched to The Barn to protest the alleged attack.

"Violence against women, against people of color, against black people and we need to demand that The Barn be shut down," Sharron Evans said.

The Evans family said they appreciate all the support from the Quincy community as well as the Quincy University community.

Homan, who is out on bail, has declined WGEM News' request for an interview.

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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