Family and friends mourn man shot dead by DC police

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Serena Hargraves held a candle above her head and watched as those gathered in the park released black and blue balloons into the sky. She tried to calm her breathing, but it was too much. She started crying.

He finally realized that he would never see his younger brother again.

A DC police officer fatally shot Kevin Hargraves-Shird on Saturday in Northwest Washington. His family believes he was unjustly killed and has called for accountability and answers to many questions about the shooting. But on Tuesday night, they gathered for a vigil at Fort Slocum Park in northwest Washington, near where he was killed, to remember his life.

“Kevin’s character was hilarious,” Serena Hargraves, 38, told the crowd of about 150 gathered at the park. “He was known for lifting people up and being there for everyone in their time of need. He was very fun-loving and adventurous.”

Family members leaned on one another in the crowd, comforting those who were crying as their loved ones shared stories of Hargraves-Shird, 31, also known as “Smoke.”

“He looked up to Kevin,” said his younger brother, Brandon Hargraves, one of eight brothers in the crowd. Hargraves-Shird was one of 14 siblings, two of whom died. “I thank my brother for having that role, that love and that positivity in my life.”

Many details are still in dispute about the shooting that occurred around 4 pm in the 200 block of Madison Street NW. It is not clear if a gun was pointed at police at the time the officer fired, or what orders, if any, were issued by police.

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Police said the officer saw Hargraves-Shird armed with a handgun before the officer fired a shot, striking him. Serena Hargraves, who viewed Monday body-camera video of the officer that has not yet been released, previously told The Washington Post that he appears to have been struck in the back of the head. Hargraves said the family gave the city permission to show the video publicly.

The video, he said, shows the officer drawing his firearm while in his patrol car, jumping up and yelling “gun” before firing.

City officials have until Friday to post the video on their website and identify the officer who fired the shots. That officer, who has not been identified, is on administrative leave.

Representatives from local racial justice advocacy groups also attended the vigil and released a statement demanding answers from DC police about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Serena Hargraves said that Hargraves-Shird dreamed of employing young people and teaching them entrepreneurship. Another brother said he was “always on the go” when he was a child, a trait that carried over into adulthood, friendships and parenting from him.

A friend shared how he rushed it, telling a story of when his son and Hargraves-Shird were kids and bought pizzas and then sold each slice for $5. The three mothers of Hargraves-Shird’s children, Khalil Shird, 15, Dahmari Wise, 13, and Symbul Logan, 12, spoke about her devotion to her children.

Termia Logan, 28, said she loved picking up and dropping off her daughter, Symbul, at school every day, often trying to get her Chick-fil-A at lunchtime. Her father, James Shird, 74, said her son would bring her children and let them know “this is your grandfather.”

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“All I can say is, ‘Kevin, I love you, but God loves you more,'” James Shird said. “And as difficult as it is for me, I don’t understand it. … I appreciate the time he gave me with Kevin.”