Created: 05/04/2014 10:34 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Community activists gathered Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park to hold a candlelight vigil for the man who was shot and killed by Albuquerque police following a SWAT standoff.
Many veterans said they don’t know what happened the night Armand Martin was shot, but that wasn’t the focus of the vigil.
The veterans were honoring a man who once served our country. A loss of one is a loss for all; that is why many said they came: To show their respects to Armand Martin, a man who served in the military for 27 years, according to Martin's family.
Charles Powell did not know Martin and he doesn’t know if the shooting is justified, but he says what matters tonight is that a fellow brother in arms is now gone “I don't know what the facts are. I’ve heard something and you know... but it's a terrible loss,” Powell said.
Powell hopes other veterans receive help when they come home. he said Martin may have fallen through the cracks.
There were also many activists at the vigil passing out flyers, asking the public to join them for public comment at Monday’s city council meeting.