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Posted: April 12, 2017

Crutcher family joins others in 'Day of Remembrance' for those killed by violence


By Jonathan McCall

News | KOKI

TULSA, Okla. —

Quick facts:

  • The Crutcher family gathered with others in west Tulsa to remember those killed by violence.
  • Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by a Tulsa police officer in September 2016.
  • Betty Shelby faces a manslaughter charge.
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The family of an unarmed man shot and killed by a police officer joined dozens of others with loved ones killed by violence during a 'Day of Remembrance' in west Tulsa Wednesday.

Terence Crutcher'schild, Terence Crutcher Jr., had questions as the family planted flowers in his memory, but Crutcher's twin sister says answers are hard to come by.

"He asked me, 'Why are we doing this?'" Dr. Tiffany Crutcher said. "'Are these flowers going to help my dad come back alive?'"

Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby in September 2016 after she said Crutcher refused to follow her commands.

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Shelby faces a manslaughter charge after Crutcher's death was ruled a homicide.

Wednesday night, the Crutcher family was not alone in their pain.

A 'Day of Remembrance' honored all victims killed in violent crimes.

Dr. Crutchersays events like this, along with support from across the world, have helped her family heal.

"I was at the store, and a police officer came up to me, recognized me, asked me my last name, apologized and gave me a hug," she said. "It just meant so much to me.

While they seek justice in Terence Crutcher's death, they also hope to plant seeds of change.

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