After Rice announced last week that he was asking for a special prosecutor to take a new look at the case, Cole changed the tenor of the event and move it back to 6 p.m. so more people could attend.
"Because the situation has changed and Rice has done the right thing, there is no reason to protest," Cole said. "We would look like bullies. So we changed it to a rally to provide support for victims and families and create an awareness of the rape culture society we live in."
Nodaway County commissioners decided last week to close the county's administration building and courthouse Tuesday because of the event. Sheriff Darren White said the city would be setting up portable toilets and podiums on the square to accommodate the protesters.
White said he has heard rumblings there would be a counterprotest but didn't have any details. Everybody has the right to come out and speak their minds, he said, as long as they respect the rights of people who disagree to speak theirs too.
Melinda Coleman, Daisy's mother, issued a statement Monday night praising Maryville, the school district and even coaches of the two who had been accused in case for supporting her family.
Coleman, who has indicated she did not plan to attend Tuesday's event, asked that participants remain peaceful.
"I do not condone violence in our defense," Coleman wrote. "I don't want others terrorized as we have been."