Jonathan Ferrell’s family holds vigil marking 3 years since his death


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It’s been three years to the day since Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by a CMPD officer, putting the City of Charlotte in the national spotlight. 

On Wednesday night, some of Ferrell’s friends and loved ones gathered at Memorial Park to honor his life on the anniversary of his death. 

September 14, 2013 – an unarmed Ferrell was shot and killed by CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick after he ran towards officers responding to a home break-in call.

Three years later his friends and loved ones gathered in Memorial Park to release balloons in his name and reflect upon his life. 

“It’s a whole lot of peace, the very thing that Jonathan wanted, and he got it,” Kathy Mayes said. 

Mayes is close with Ferrell’s mother, and while she didn’t know Jonathan Personally, she wanted to be at the vigil Wednesday night to give her respects. 

“Love came out of this, and it brought the community together all around the world, not just in Charlotte,” Mayes said. 

It’s been over a year since CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick’s charges were dropped in Ferrell’s death. A jury was unable to come to a decision leading to a mistrial. 

“Justice was served, all the evidence and everything was weighed out. We’re not going to go back and rehash everything.”

Silence and prayers, exactly three years after a night that would leave a former college football player dead, and a police officer whose life will never be the same again, all from a ten second window of time that can’t be taken back.

“CMPD and the family are at peace. We are one now, we were one before it happened, but were more together now than we were then.”

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