On Wednesday, the mother of slain 16 year-old Kimani Gray spoke out for the first time since the tragic shooting of her son.

Gray was shot seven times by undercover NYPD officers; they say he brandished a firearm. Witnesses dispute this claim.

His grieving mother – Carol Gray – wants answers.


“He was slaughtered,” Gray told a room filled with reporters, the AP reports. “And I want to know why.”

“Today was very hard,” she said, and paused for a long moment before she was able to finish the sentence. “I had to choose the color of the casket that I wanted,” Gray’s mother said at the press conference.

An organizer of Wednesday’s event, Rickford Burke told the AP there’s a deep feeling of frustration in the community that police officers regularly harass and target young black men.

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