Family of John Crawford III speaks (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW)
BEAVERCREEK, OH (FOX19) -
Two communities are remembering a 22-year-old man shot and killed by police inside of the Beavercreek Walmart one year ago today.
John Crawford III was shot and killed by police. Crawford had reportedly picked up an air rifle off of a shelf and was pointing it in the air. That's when someone in the store called police.
“We are out here because we believe that he was murdered in Walmart for holding a toy gun. He wasn’t even holding it and waving it at people. He was just walking around with it like any of us is today,” said Matthew Raska.
Last year a grand jury decided not to indict on the officer involved shooting. While protesters assemble in Beavercreek, a vigil and balloon release was being held in Dayton to remember Crawford. Family and community members are thankful for the support.
“As I said earlier, it’s a bitter sweet situation. It’s tragic that we have to meet under these circumstances. But nothing is anything without support,” said John Crawford Jr.
“It feel great this is my community. And I feel real good about it. I’m not surprise we come together,” said student Darsheel Kaur.
The hope is that there plea for justice doesn’t fall of deaf ears.
“Give everybody the benefit of the doubt right now and allow the new U.S. Attorney General Ms. Loretta Lynch allow her to get acclimated in her position. She promise me a thorough investigation,” said Crawford.
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