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Friends, loved ones mourn man killed in Salisbury officer-involved shooting

Crowds march through the street mourning the death of Ferguson Laurent in Salisbury. (Source:WBTV) Crowds march through the street mourning the death of Ferguson Laurent in Salisbury. (Source:WBTV)

A small crowd of people gathered outside the home of Ferguson Laurent Friday evening.

Laurent was killed in an officer-involved shooting Thursday morning.

Salisbury police officers went to a home along the 600-block of E. Lafayette Street in Salisbury around 9:25 a.m. Thursday to serve a "no-knock" search warrant.

When officers entered the home, they said Laurent fired at least one shot at them and that one officer returned fire. Laurent was taken to the hospital but did not survive.

Friday night dozens of candles were lit and placed in the front yard of the home on Lafayette Street. Loved ones could be seen hugging and crying outside of the house. Laurent was just 22 years old.

Laurent’s brother, Donald Laurent, said he took a bus from Atlanta to be in Salisbury Friday.

“That’s all I got. I lose my mom, my dad, my other brother,” said Donald Laurent. “I just had to bury my mom last year. Now I gotta come and bury my brother.”

Donald Laurent said he did not want any conflict with police, but made it clear he feels his brother’s death is unjustified.

“We just want justice,” said Donald Laurent. “I come here for peace.”

A group of community members and local pastors gathered up the road from the home and prayed for peace and equality in Salisbury. The pastors led the group in marching through the neighborhood. Some people sang church hymns while others chanted for justice in protest of police shootings.

The march came to a close at the home where Laurent died. Again, some of his close friends and loved ones began chanting for justice in his killing.

Timothy Bates, a local pastor, admitted that some things need to change in Salisbury.

“The racial tension needs to change. The poverty. We need to address the education. I can name just issue after issue that needs to change,” said Bates.

Bates helps run the Night crawlers group in Salisbury. They organize peaceful events designed to better the community and bring people together.

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