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Supporters honor life of Kenneth 'Kiwi' Herring, transgender woman fatally shot by police

Posted August 24, 2017 1:58 p.m. EDT

— Anger and emotion are growing after a transgender woman was shot and killed by St. Louis police at her apartment just north of downtown early Tuesday morning.

Officers say 30-year-old Kenneth "Kiwi" Herring cut an officer with a knife, but some believe police made the move to end her life too early.

Loved ones say Herring was a mother of three little boys ages 8 and younger.

"Her pain, her struggle, her legacy will not be forgotten by anyone here," said Morgan Hunlen. "She was a resilient character that may have reached an unfortunate and tragic end, but lived a life that should be celebrated."

Police say they were responding to a domestic disturbance when they found Herring cut badly across the face, arms and chest.

Officers told News 4 the 30-year-old mother was armed with a large kitchen knife, slashing at police, even cutting one on the arm when two officers returned fire, ending her life.

"We have to remember Kiwi for who she was and not what happened," said Hunlen. "She took care of her kids, she loved her wife. She lived the best life that she could."

Herring's spouse, 28-year-old Kristopher "Kristy" Thompson, who also identifies as a woman, was arrested and charged with first-degree assault. Thompson's being held in the St. Louis Workhouse jail on an $80,000 bond.

The wounded officer was treated for a cut on the arm and released from the hospital shortly after.

Both officers who shot Herring have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Following a vigil for Herring Wednesday night, a group marched to The Grove, where a man allegedly drove toward protesters, honked a car horn and tried to get through. Several protesters then began hitting the man's car and jumping on it, during which the driver drove off and three people fell from the car near Manchester and Sarah Street. The protesters sustained minor injuries and the driver was taken into custody shortly after the incident for refusing to stop for police. The driver is now facing felony charges.