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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 2:19 pm | Updated: 2:31 pm, Wed May 25, 2011.

Opponents of the death penalty will hold a candlelight vigil for death row inmate Donald Beaty at the State Capitol in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday.

The vigil, sponsored by PAX Christi, a Catholic peace organization, will begin at 6 p.m. on the Senate Lawn of the State Capitol complex on 17th Avenue between Adams and Jefferson streets.

Beaty, 56, who has been on death row since July, 1985 for the 1984 death of 13-year-old Christy Fornoff of Tempe, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 10 a.m. Wednesday. On May 9, 1984, Beaty sexually assaulted and suffocated Fornoff, a Connolly Middle School seventh-grader, who was collecting subscription payments on her Phoenix Gazette newspaper route at the Rock Hill Apartments in Tempe that evening. Beaty kept the girl's body in his apartment for two days before telling police he found it behind a Dumpster at the complex.

Various members of groups opposing the death penalty will speak during the vigil, including representatives of the Arizona Death Penalty Forum.

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