Memorial held for Darrius Stewart on anniversary of his death

(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Darrius Stewart's family continues to hold out hope for justice in the 19-year-old's death.

On the two-year anniversary of his death, Stewart's family and friends held a memorial service for the man who was shot by a Memphis police officer.

Stewart was shot and killed by Officer Connor Schilling after a traffic stop. Schilling said he was trying to handcuff Stewart, who had warrants out for his arrest. The shooting happened as the two struggled on the ground.

Darrius' mother, Mary Stewart, spoke to a standing room only crowd at New Direction Church in Hickory Hill.

"I went through the pain of having him. I'm going through the pain of losing him," Mary said.

Michael Brown Sr., father of Michael Brown, showed up at the memorial to show his support for the family.

Brown is the father of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

"It never gets all the way better. You find some type of comfort somewhere," Brown said. "For me to come here is very important to help the family out."

A grand jury opted not to indict Schilling in Stewart's death. Last year, the Department of Justice found there was not enough evidence for federal charges.

His family and friends don't feel they got any answers following his death, and they've filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit seeking $17 million.

"How did Darrius end up on a black church ground saying he can't breathe?" asked Stewart's friend Jennifer Cain.

"Justice is not something you should have to march and demand and go out of your way for," Mary Stewart said. "That should be given freely."

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