People gather on the steps of Portland City Hall Tuesday before marching to the nearby courthouse to protest the release of accused killer Mark Cardilli Jr. on bail. Cardilli has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting and killing Isahak Muse, 22. Cardilli has reportedly told police the shooting was in self defense. Credit: CBS 13

PORTLAND, Maine — Hundreds of people, including members of a group calling itself “Justice for Isahak,” rallied in front of Portland City Hall to honor their late friend.

Credit: CBS 13

Isahak Muse, 22, was shot and killed earlier this year.

Twenty-four-year-old Mark Cardilli Jr. has reportedly admitted to shooting Muse during an altercation in March, but told police he was defending himself.

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He’s pleaded not guilty to murder and is free on $50,000 bail.

At Tuesday’s rally, Muse’s family argued it’s not fair that their loved one is dead, while his accused killer is free.

They marched from City Hall to the courthouse.

[Affidavit: Victim was shot in the back during fight in Portland]

Demonstrators say it’s important to remind people about the Muse case, and demand justice for Isahak.

“Just the curiosity, people walking by, maybe they’ll look him up and they’ll learn something, so I’m very happy with the turnout,” demonstrator Evadne Bryan-Perkins said.

The attorney general’s office had no comment when contacted by CBS 13 about Cardilli’s bail.

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