CLEVELAND - Family and friends gathered today to remember Tamir Rice in honor of what would be his upcoming birthday.
Rice was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer on Nov. 22 in the playground area of the Cudell Recreation Center.
"I just wanted to celebrate Tamir's life,” said Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother. "I feel the love, I feel the support and I'm glad they are here keeping me standing when I cannot stand."
Saturday's event, called a "community healing celebration," was held at that same playground.
"We will never forget Tamir, and today is a celebration and healing, but it is also a remembrance of Tamir and the fact on June 25th it would have been his 13th birthday," Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed.
It was as much a party as it was a remembrance, with activities and entertainment for the people in attendance. There were dancers, church representatives and city council members at the gathering as well.
"This is filled with actual living, breathing children, and why anybody would ever drive up here with a weapon is just beyond me,” said Linda Gaines, who attended the event.
Earlier this month, Cleveland Municipal Judge Ronald B. Adrine found probable cause the two should face charges for Rice's death. However, he did not issue warrants for the arrest of the two officers. A group of community activists have since asked the 8th District Court of Appeals for arrest warrants to be issued for Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.
“I think we all want justice. We want justice to come down fairly, and then I'm hoping the relationship between police and the community relations get better,” Reed said.