September 16th, 2013
09:50 AM ET

Cops Kill Unarmed Ex-FAMU Player

A former football player at Florida A&M University is dead and his parents are looking for answers. CNN's Alina Machado reports.

Jonathan Ferrell, 24, was likely looking for help after a car accident in North Carolina when he was shot to death by police early Saturday morning.

A homeowner called 911 and told dispatchers a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly.

Officers responding to that "breaking and entering" call in Charlotte say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller's description ran toward them.

One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was "unsuccessful." Another officer then opened fire, police said.

Police have charged Officer Randall Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter - a felony. He turned himself in and was released Sunday on $50,000 bond.

In a "New Day" exclusive, Georgia Ferrell, Jonathan's mother, and Willie Ferrell, Jonathan's younger brother, spoke with CNN's Chris Cuomo. His mother said:

"Jonathan was a very happy, outgoing person. All my kids are good kids but Jonathan was so loving. We were sitting there trying to think about something bad about him but there was nothing we could think of."


The Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office said Officer Kerrick's first court appearance is scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m.

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  1. Ann

    I am enraged that Chris Cuomo would ask the family of unarmed Jonathan Ferrell if there was anything going on with him that may have caused him to be shot dead by that 27 year old cop. I hope the hysterical woman who answered her door at 2:30 in the morning thinking it was her husband, (I guess he didn't have a key) and set this deadly act in motion is proud of herself. I know there are criminals, black and white in Charlotte, but not every black man is trying to assault sexually or otherwise white women. I wonder what the 911 tape reveals. Mothers, Fathers, Wives, Sisters, Brothers, tell anyone who will listen that "it is not alright to kill our young black men!" This new form of lynching must Stop!

    September 16, 2013 at 11:11 am | Reply

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