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Parents seek answers 1 year after son was fatally shot by Nash County deputies

Posted February 9, 2020 5:19 p.m. EST
Updated February 9, 2020 10:48 p.m. EST

— A year after a Nash County man was shot in his yard by sheriff’s deputies, his family and the NAACP North Carolina are calling for answers.

Dozens of friends and family members gathered with candles at Jonathan Ramirez’s grave site in Bailey.

On Feb. 9, 2019, officers responding to a reported assault said they saw Ramirez getting out of a vehicle with a weapon.

On Sunday, Ramirez’s family said they still have unanswered questions from the sheriff’s office.

“Today, we just want to remember him,” said his mother, Francisca Ramirez. “He was very lovely. He was a wonderful son. It was a great, great loss.”

A video of the shooting was shared with news outlets in March. It was not clear from that video whether Ramirez was carrying a gun.

In the video, at least 10 gunshots are heard as a deputy exits his vehicle. Only one deputy's body cam shows the shooting.

In May, District Attorney Robert Evans said the three deputies involved in the shooting were cleared of wrongdoing and wouldn't face charges.

Advocates gathered alongside the Ramirez family on Sunday to launch a Latin-X branch of the NAACP in an effort to bring a voice to communities of color.

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