CLEVELAND– Family, friends and activists will gather at Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland to remember 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Rice was shot by Cleveland officers responding to a report of a male with a gun on Nov. 22, 2014. Police said he refused to drop the weapon, which they later learned was airsoft. Rice died the next day.
Sunday’s vigil is one of many events marking one year since the 12-year-old’s death. Attendees said prayers, sang songs and lit candles in Tamir’s memory.
“I just want to thank everybody for coming out and continuing to support justice for Tamir,” Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, said. “Thank you all for standing for me when I can’t stand. It gives me strength to know that I have all of you guys to uplift me.”
“I’m fighting for justice for all our children,” Samaria said.
A grand jury has convened to consider indictments against the two officers involved. Earlier this month, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office released an expert report, which called the shooting “clearly objectively reasonable.”