Vigil held for teen shot by police in Hidden Valley drug operation

Vigil held for teen shot by police in Hidden Valley drug operation

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 21, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 9:20 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Friends and family members held an emotional vigil Thursday night for a teenager who was shot and killed by police during an undercover drug operation at Hidden Valley Elementary School.

Candles were lit, and there were tears of sadness and memories shared of 17-year-old Jaquaz Walker.

"He didn't deserve to die. He shouldn’t have died. It was wrong for them to shoot him," said Dejah Dixon, a friend from the Hidden Valley neighborhood.

Police say Walker and another 17-year-old, Davion Drayton, met an undercover officer and an informant to sell marijuana in the parking lot of Hidden Valley Elementary on Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators say one or both of the teens fired at officers who returned the fire, killing Walker.

At the vigil, Walker's aunt, Deborah Walker, said police went too far.

"I can understand people doing things wrong but everyone deserves a second chance, and my nephew will never get that," Walker said.

The second suspect, Drayton, who was arrested by police Wednesday night, made his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon by video camera from the jail.

Drayton is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Drayton's cousin, Jaahki Harris said Drayton is innocent too.

"He didn't have anything to do with this.  He is not that kind of person at all," he said.

As balloons were released into the sky at the vigil, Walker's aunt said, "There is no need for violence at any means.  What I'm saying is if he did something wrong, punish him, don't shoot him down like a dog."

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