Students, protesters march to mark one year since Portland teen shot, killed by police
PORTLAND, Ore. – Marchers, protesters, and mourners are gathering in Northeast Portland on Friday to remember Quanice Hayes a year after the 17-year-old was shot and killed by a Portland Police officer.
On Feb. 9, 2017, police responded to reports of an armed robbery and a car prowling incident near NE 82nd Avenue and Hancock Street. Police say Hayes matched the suspect description in both incidents and was seen with a gun. He was shot three times by Officer Andrew Hearst and pronounced dead.
The weapon he was carrying turned out to be a replica handgun.
Several events are scheduled to mark the first full year since Quanice's shooting.
Portland Public Schools students joined a protest on NE Killingsworth Street Friday morning that is expected to travel to the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct.
A peaceful protest is scheduled to start about 3 p.m. at the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct on SE 106th Avenue. Along with a remembrance of Quanice, organizers said they will honor "lost loved ones of all races."
A vigil is also scheduled at 6 p.m. near where Quanice was shot and killed - NE 82nd and Hancock Street.
In the days and weeks following Quanice’s shooting, family and friends gathered to remember their lost son, brother, and friend. MORE: Mother speaks at vigil for 17-year-old robbery suspect shot & killed by Portland Police
“He was just such a good person and this was so sudden,” said Shamiyah Ibe with Portland Student Action Network. “I want the world to know that he was a kind, respectful person, and he didn't deserve to have his name dragged through the mud."