Eight years later, Brandon Smith’s family and friends gather for a vigil to remember him

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Eight years ago, Brandon Smith was shot 27 times in Wilmington by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Today, his family and friends gathered in 1898 Memorial Park to remember him.

The Wilmington chapter of Black Lives Matter hosted the vigil in honor of Smith. In 2013 Brandon Smith was shot multiple times and killed by law enforcement after allegedly showing a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputy.  Smith’s family and friend’s all spoke at the vigil, still feeling the impact of his death.  Sonya Patrick, leader of Black Lives Matter in Wilmington, says the family is still in need of the community’s support.

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“We are not going to forget Brandon Smith, because it happened to him, it can happen to someone else, and the family goes through a lot when these fatalities happen. Especially when no one’s brought to justice, and we want the family to know we stand with them, we stand behind them, and where there is no justice, there will be no peace,” said Sonya Patrick.

Brandon Smith’s family is still looking for answers behind his death, with the controversial shooting ruled justified by the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office.