A funeral has been held for the 15-year-old who was shot by a Dallas police officer last weekend.
Jordan Edwards was killed after Officer Roy Oliver fired a rifle into a car of teenagers who were leaving a party.
A private funeral was held on Saturday at the Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church. His grieving family asked for a pause in protests against police brutality following his death, reported CBS News.
‘We need time to exhale,’ the family said in a statement. ‘To allow Jordan’s death to be our own loss before we share this loss with the world.’
‘Though we understand what his life and death means symbolically, we are not ready to make a martyr out of our son,’ they explained.
On Friday, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department arrested and charged officer Oliver with the Edward’s murder.
Oliver was a six-year veteran of the Balch Springs Police force, and will have to prove that he acted reasonably.
However, police chief Jonathan Haber said: ‘I’m saying after reviewing the video that I don’t believe it met our core values.’
Police initially said that Oliver opened fire because the car was reversing towards officers, but body-cam footage shows that the car was moving away, and that Edwards’ brother was driving.
‘They did search the car for weapons, none were discovered,’ said attorney Lee Merrit who is representing the Edwards family.
‘The kids don’t have any history with weapons. No gun ownership, no run-ins with law enforcement before,’ he explained.
Additionally, independent defense attorney Peter Schulte said: ‘A reasonable officer probably wouldn’t have pulled out an AR-15 assault rifle at a call for a loud party with a bunch of teenagers.’
At his memorial, friends remembered Edwards as a fun-loving high school freshman, getting ready to start spring football training on Monday.
Teachers and family members described him as a good student with a positive attitude who was well-liked and always wearing a smile, reported Fox 4 News.