The family of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was shot by a police officer, has stated that his brothers watched him die. On Saturday, the teen was sitting in the passenger seat of a car and police shot at the car as it was fleeing the scene. The officers had received call about intoxicated teenagers and they arrived to find a house party. Police originally claimed that they shot at the car because it charged aggressively at them but they retracted that claim once a body cam revealed the car was driving away. The cop that fired the shot that killed Edwards has since been fired.
According to Dallas News, the teen’s family issued a statement stating that Edwards was very close to his family.
"Not only have Jordan's brothers lost their best friend; they witnessed firsthand his violent, senseless, murder," the statement reads. "Their young lives will forever be altered. No one, let alone young children, should witness such horrific, unexplainable, violence."
The family also asked the public to refrain from protests and marches in Jordan's name.
"We do not support nor do we condone any violence or threats made against the Balch Springs Police Department or any other law enforcement agencies.”
According to CNN, Edwards was a freshman at Mesquite High School in hometown of Balch Springs, Texas. He got good grades and played on the football team as a quarterback and receiver. His football coach Jeff Fleener said that Jordan had an incredible effect on his teammates.
"He was an amazing young man that had a way to make everyone around him feel better," Fleener wrote on Twitter. "He had such an impact on all of us and we refuse to let anyone tarnish that."
[Photo of Edwards courtesy of Mesquite Independent School District]