Vigil planned for homeless man killed in police shooting

Updated: 04/02/2014 11:57 AM | Created: 04/02/2014 11:07 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Community members will hold a vigil Wednesday night for the homeless man who was shot and killed by officers in the Sandia foothills more than two weeks ago.

The vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Copper Trailhead—the same area where James Boyd was shot.

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said two officers shot Boyd when he wouldn't drop his knives and threatened a K-9 officer on March 16. Police also used non-lethal force, including a stun gun and beanbag rounds.

After police released helmet camera video of the shooting, however, APD protesters argued that Boyd was surrendering when the officers shot him.

More than 400 people plan to attend tonight's vigil.

Albuquerque's fire chief is asking that open flames not be taken beyond the paved areas near the trailhead. Based on the dry conditions and current weather, the presence of open flames creates the potential for a dangerous wildfire. 

AFD is encouraging participants in the candlelight vigil to use non-combustible items such as electric candles, flashlights, glow sticks or the candlelight app found on most smart phones in lieu of open-flame items such as candles.

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