“We are here to express how our brother has been lost, a very young man.”
Members of the African community gathered for a candle-light vigil Friday night, to remember the Somali man fatally shot by police on the Downtown Eastside, following a triple stabbing.
Vancouver Police say an officer pulled the trigger after the suspect stabbed two men failed to be subdued by a bean bag gun, and then proceeded to stab a woman standing nearby, at East Hastings and Gore Street Thursday night.
But Amran Toyo with the Somali Community of BC says she questions the use of lethal force.
“When police [are] involved there is a lot of ways to stop someone, before killing someone.”
“We don’t want to see things like this happen again and again. We need to try to prevent this from happening again.”
Abdi Sabrey says he saw the situation unfold.
“When he went over there, he grabbed this girl, and he tried and stabbing and stabbing, and that’s when the police shot him.”
Sabrey believes the suspect had mental health problems.
“I do believe he has mental health issues, because I saw him the other day, this guy, the way he was talking, he has a mental issue.”
Demonstrators lit candles and made speeches in the very spot the suspect lost his life.