Family, friends gather to remember Tamir Rice on what would have been his 13th birthday

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CLEVELAND - A community comes together at the place where Tamir Rice died, on what would have been his 13th birthday. Tamir was killed by Cleveland police as he waved an air soft pistol at a recreation center, a pistol that officers say they thought was real.

A few dozen people gather for a candlelight vigil at the Cudell Recreation Center Thursday evening to commemorate what would have been the 13th birthday of Tamir Rice.

"He would've turned 13 today that's a milestone in a child's life to become a teenager, he's not here with us to enjoy that," said Tamir's cousin LaTonya Goldsby.

Relatives, including Tamir's mother, lit candles, prayed and sang.

"My family is torn apart, our heart is torn to pieces, I'm hurting inside. I'm very emotional. I'm just looking for justice for my son," said Tamir's mother Samaria Rice.

The family renewed their calls to have the police officers involved in the shooting criminally charged in his death. They thanked members of the community for showing support and helping them remember Tamir.

"The ground that we're standing on is sacred ground, this is where Tamir took his last breath, this is the last chance, he had an opportunity to be a kid, doing what kids do, playing the playground," Goldsby told the crowd that gathered.

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's department has turned over its investigation into Tamir Rice's shooting to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

The prosecutor says his office will present its findings to a grand jury, that will determine whether any charges will be filed against the officers involved.