Candlelight vigil held in foothills

Created: 04/02/2014 10:15 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A couple hundred people returned to the spot where James Boyd was shot by APD officers in the foothills.  That incident happened back in mid-March when Boyd was found illegally camping.  Police say he threatened them with knives and refused to drop them.  Both lethal and non-lethal force was used by police.  Boyd died from his injuries.

Wednesday night, a big group gathered at the Copper Trailhead and hiked up to the location of the incident for a memorial service in Boyd's honor.

Most of the people there were mourning a man they never knew.  But there were a few people there who did know Boyd.  They said he was a kind and brilliant man who they knew as "Aba."

"If someone could have just been like Aba, come down here!  Someone that knew him, it would have all ended differently," a friend said.

The crowd said they want Boyd's death to spark change.  Several people plan to head to the Albuquerque City Council meeting on April 7.

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