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Community remembers Jonathan Ferrell 9 years after he was mistakenly shot by a CMPD officer

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Many people move to Charlotte every day, so many current residents may not have been there nine years ago. But if you were, you will remember what happened on September 14, 2013.

Jonathan Ferrell, 24, was in a car accident and stumbled towards officers, bloodied and beaten but unable to call for help. A CMPD officer shot and killed him, thinking he had tried to break into a house and saw him as a threat. Years later, the town has settled down with his family, but the feelings run deep

Nearly a decade has passed since Ferrell’s death, but a group of people in Charlotte say they are determined to ensure that his memory lives on.

With balloons, flowers and music Wednesday night, a community remembered Ferrell.

“It needs to be talked about and it needs to be remembered.”

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Nine years have passed since his death, but activist Kass Ottley refuses to let his memory fade.

Year after year, she returns to the site of her death to ensure that Ferrell’s legacy is remembered.

“A legacy of love. A community heritage. A legacy that he was a good person,” said Kass Ottley, executive director of Seeking Justice Charlotte. “And no matter how hard they tried to make him a criminal, no matter how hard they tried to make him a bad person, it didn’t work.”

Ferrell was shot and killed by CMPD officer Randall Kerrick after getting into a car accident and walking to a nearby neighborhood for help.

Kerrick was charged but released after a mistrial.

The city of Charlotte has settled with the Ferrell family, but Ottley says justice has not been fully served.

“They paid his mother two and a quarter million dollars as if it was justice. A settlement and a paycheck is not justice because black lives are not for sale,” she said.

But beyond calls for justice, tonight was a time to remember Jonathan Ferrell for the man he was and for a community that stands against any further life taken.

Kimberly Williams, Events Co-Organizer

“People not only come out to cry, but they also come out hopeful,” said event co-organizer Kimberly Williams.

Hopefully this memory will continue to bring changes.

“Laws that are changed, officers that are held accountable, we hope that will bring a wave of triumph, something that we can continue. Remembering Jonathan Ferrell.

Ottley also says that on Jonathan’s birthday, October 11, they will hold their annual food drive to provide meals for families in the community to further remember Jonathan’s legacy.