BEREA, Ohio -- It has been nearly three years since a Parma man lost his life outside of his home, but Daniel Ficker's family says the circumstances surrounding their loved one's death still leave them with unanswered questions.
Ficker was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer back in 2011, after an altercation outside of Ficker's home. Police said Ficker was accused of stealing jewelry, and when two officers came to his house to confront him, a fight broke out leading to Ficker's death.
Every year since, Ficker's family gathers publicly to mourn and remember their loved one. They marked the annual tradition by spending time in Berea, near Coe Lake, on Sunday. Dozens came to support the memorial for Ficker.
Many released balloons, and spent time talking about the Parma man.
"I don't think I've met a person who doesn't know my son's name. If you say Dan Ficker, they have heard of my son," said Bernadette Rolen, Ficker's mother.
Rolen tells FOX 8, Ficker was a good father, and friend who always let loved ones know that he cared.
"The first time he texted me I had no Idea what it meant and he said it's I love you, you know I is one, love is four, you is three-- it became our corny little thing, he'd text back and forth," said friend, Eddie Singler.
"Yeah it's still difficult, and obviously he's just a great friend, a great person, and the world is just a little worse without him," he added.
"I go to bed thinking of him, and I wake up thinking and it's the first thing I think about," said Dennis Ficker, Dan's father.
"People say it gets easier, but I don't think it gets easier, you know. I just miss him every day; there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about him," Rolen added.
The two officers involved in the shooting death were cleared of any wrongdoing.
Still, the Ficker family says they are seeking justice with a civil lawsuit.
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