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WDKX.com » Blog » Unarmed Ex-FAMU Player Shot 10 Times By Police
Sep 17th 2013 6:41 am
Unarmed Ex-FAMU Player Shot 10 Times By Police
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Tallahassee, FL - A police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina is facing manslaughter charges for shooting a former FAMU football player.

We've now learned that the officer shot the unarmed 24-year-old ten times.

The family attorney, Christopher Chestnut, says it's unprecedented for the police chief to move so swiftly and boldly by arresting the officer who shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell. But, Chestnut says it was the appropriate action.

Ferrell's mother says the one thing she wants, she can't have.

"I just want my son's life to live on." Says, Georgia Ferrell.

Georgia Ferrell says it's been difficult dealing with the death of her son. She says, "Right now, I'm somewhat numb. If I can get him back, I would say I want him back. I want my son to bury me; I don't' want to bury him."

Twenty-four-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, a former FAMU football player, was killed by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina early Saturday morning.

Police say a woman called 911 after Ferrell knocked on her door. But, authorities say he was there looking for help after getting into a car accident.

Authorities say when three officers arrived, they tased Ferrell. They say he kept moving, so, one of the officers, Randall Kerrick, shot Ferrell ten times.

Officer Kerrick is now charged with manslaughter.

The Ferrell Family's attorney, Christopher Chestnut, says, "From our review, the only sounds were the sounds of gunshots. There were no commands to stop. There were no commands to freeze; stop or I'll shoot, police. I think this is a young man who probably was going toward the police officers, the same way if you were injured in a car accident and you saw red or blue lights, you'd run to help not death. He ran to help."

Jonathan's brother, Willie Ferrell, says, "He was one of the most magnificent individuals I ever came in contact with. Even though I was fortunate enough to spend so much time with him, Jonathan was never the type of person to harm nobody."

Attorney Chestnut calls the shooting "grossly excessive." He says he plans to get answers for the Ferrell family. He says if it requires filing a lawsuit, then he will.

The president of the Tallahassee Urban League, Reverend Ernest Ferrell, says it's appalling how his cousin was shot to death by the officer.

He says, "Everything came together and started getting more and more information on what really happened, then it became more depressing."

Rev. Ferrell says he was surprised that Officer Kerrick was arrested. He says, "To do that certainly implies that there must be more to this than we know. You know they don't arrest police officers unless it's something awful and that the evidence is there to substantiate what they're doing."

Jonathan Ferrell was a participant on FAMU's 2010 Co-MEAC Championship football team. But, those who knew him say it was his personality that made him a winner.

Ferrell's mentor from FAMU High School, Ramon Alexander, says, "I can just remember him interacting with his younger brother, Willie, and them having that big brother, little brother moments. It's very sad. He was a special young man. We're going to miss him a whole lot."