Another senseless tragedy. 24 year old, Jonathan Ferrell leaves behind a fiance’ and his family after being shot and killed by a police officer this past weekend. The former Florida A&M Football Player was involved in a car accident in the middle of the night, in North Carolina and went to a nearby house to call for help. When he knocked on the door, the owner of the residence immediately called police because she did not recognize the young black man at her door. When officers arrived, he began to approach their vehicles to ask for assistance. One of the officers shot Johnathan several times, killing him instantly. He was not armed, just asking for help. His mother spoke out yesterday and she forgave the officer involved for taking the life of her son. The officer,Randall Kerrick, has been charged with Voluntary Manslaughter. He has yet to enter a plea. May God Bless The Ferrell family. So sad.
Ferrell, 24, who played for Florida A&M University in 2009 and 2010, sought help at a nearby residency after the crash. A startled woman answered his knock, thinking it was her husband returning home late from work. When she realized she did not know who the man was, she called 911.
Officers who responded to the “breaking and entering” call, spotted Ferrell and approached him not far from the home. Ferrell ran towards the police before officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun, wounding him several times.
Ferrell died at the scene.
After further investigation and a statement released late Saturday night, it was declared that the gunning down of Ferrell was “excessive” by Kerrick, who “did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.”
The officer at fault is being charged with voluntary manslaughter. Under North Carolina law, this involves killing without malice using “excessive force” in exercising “imperfect self-defense.”
During a sit-down on Live CNN (video below), Georgia Ferrell spoke on behalf of her son.
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 of something bad about him, but there was nothing we could think of. I can’t even think of something bad he did as a child.
Watch his mothers interview below: