Family of Jonathan Ferrell to commemmorate 1 year anniversary of his death

Jonathan Ferrell
Posted at 9:44 PM, Sep 10, 2014
and last updated 2015-08-26 17:35:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The family of slain former FAMU football player Jonathan Ferrell is hosting an event to commemorate the one year anniversary of his death.

Ferrell, who was unarmed and had just been in a car accident, was shot and killed by a Charlotte police officer on September 14, 2013.

Ferrell had crashed his car and was seeking help, when an area homeowner called the police. Officer Randall Kerrick responded to the scene, when Ferrell began to run towards Kerrick's police cruiser, reportedly to ask for help. Kerrick opened fire with 12 shots, 10 of which hit Ferrell, killing him. Kerrick maintains that he fired in self-defense.

Ferrell had moved to Charlotte from Tallahassee a few months prior to be with his fiance.

His mother says her son enjoyed working with and mentoring young people.

Ferrell's family is holding a memorial event on the one year anniversary of his death, this Sunday, Sept. 14 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Power House Church of God in Christ, 454 Belair Drive, Tallahassee, 32305.

According to the family attorney, the event will include a panel discussion consisting of a judge, former chief of police, the president of the Tallahassee Urban League, and others, discussing how young men can best handle interactions with law enforcement.