Vigil Held in Maryland, US, in Remembrance of Terrence Sterling (+Photos)

Vigil Held in Maryland, US, in Remembrance of Terrence Sterling (+Photos)

WASHINGTON, DC (Tasnim) – Hundreds of demonstrators held a candle-lit vigil in the US state of Maryland in protest at recent shooting death of an unarmed African-American by police.

According to Tasnim dispatches, a huge crowd gathered in Prince George’s County Friday night to remember Terrence Sterling, a black man shot and killed by DC Police.

While those at the vigil were there to celebrate Sterling’s life, there was also anger and confusion over the way he died. Friends said they did not understand how something like this could happen to someone like Sterling.

“With all the stuff that's going on with black lives matter and police brutality, I just don't understand how it can keep going on and on,” said Roger Fowlkes, one of Sterling’s close friends.

Friends described Sterling as someone who always had a smile, loved his motorcycle and worked six to seven days a week.

Early Sunday, Sterling was on his motorcycle when police said he was driving "recklessly," and they tried to stop him. Police said after they stopped Sterling, he rammed their vehicle with his bike as he tried to get away, and that is when an officer opened fire.

This is while witnesses tell a different story. They told FOX 5 that police used their vehicle to block Sterling, so the collision seemed to be unavoidable. One witness said police did not say a word before an officer fired two shots out of the passenger window.

It is also reported that while the officers were wearing body cameras, they were not turned on at the time of the shooting.

According to a police report, no weapon was recovered from the scene, and police have not said they recovered one.

A growing outrage over the death of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of mostly white police officers have led to nationwide protests that have given birth to the anti-racism Black Lives Matter movement across the country.

Police in the United States killed over 1,150 people in 2015, with the largest police departments disproportionately killing at least 321 African Americans, according to data compiled by an activist group that runs the Mapping Police Violence project.

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