The father of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police last year, said he’s struggling to tell his other children why their brother is no longer alive.
In his first public interview since Tamir’s death, Leonard Warner told NBC affiliate WKYC on Wednesday that he has no answer for the boy’s siblings.
“Every time they wake up, they asking about him … and they go to sleep, they asking about him,” said Warner, adding that he doesn’t give the kids details about how Tamir died.
“I can’t tell them, but he’s watching over you,” Warner said.
A Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office investigation into whether Cleveland police officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback will be charged in the Nov. 22 shooting remains open. Surveillance video from the scene outside of a recreation center shows Loehmann firing at Tamir within two seconds of arriving.
Investigators said the boy appeared to be reaching for a gun in his waistband, although the firearm turned out to be an airsoft-type pellet gun with the orange safety tip removed.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Erik Ortiz