Family of Jonathan Ferrell marks two-year anniversary at shooting scene

Vigil to be held for Jonathan Ferrell

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - For the first time, the family of Jonathan Ferrell came to see the scene where their loved one died two years ago during an officer-involved shooting. September 14 is the anniversary of his death.

"It's like when Jonathan was first killed to me," said his mother, Georgia Ferrell. "It's one of the most empty feelings a parent should have to feel."

Ferrell, who was unarmed, was shot ten times by CMPD officer Randall Wes Kerrick off Reedy Creek Road in the Bradfield Farms subdivision. Kerrick was one of three officers responding to a possible home break-in at the time and believed Ferrell was a suspect.

His family and state prosecutors said Ferrell was seeking help after wrecking his car and ran from police as he feared for his life with a taser beam pointed at his chest. They say the shooting was excessive use of force.

Kerrick's attorneys said the shooting was justified and self-defense. A jury deadlocked this summer on a voluntary manslaughter charge, leaning toward acquittal.

Ferrell's brother, Willie, said coming to the scene helped answer some questions."I saw the road and everything I saw in the dashcam, the details," said Willie, calling it a very difficult day.

The Ferrell family placed a wreath in the ditch where Jonathan died. Georgia Ferrell said she could picture her son bleeding out, hands cuffed behind his back.

They  held hands with a couple of community supporters and prayed in the spot which became the center of one of Charlotte's most controversial court cases.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said he will not retry the case.

The Ferrell family has established a foundation in Jonathan's name to address the gap between police and community, while helping those less fortunate in the community. Willie said it's about what his brother was always known for doing, helping others.

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