Memorial set up on Skidmore Street overpass for woman shot and killed by police in 2003

Memorial set up on Skidmore Street overpass for woman shot and killed by police (KATU photo)

Flowers, messages of love written in chalk, and framed pictures of Kendra James lined the Skidmore Street overpass in Northeast Portland Sunday.

Several signs read "Say her name, Kendra James," and "Black Lives Matter." Another read "let's create a beloved community where no one is killed by cops."

James was 21-years-old when she was shot and killed by police in 2003.

Police had pulled over the car she was in to arrest a man with an outstanding warrant. After a struggle ensued when James jumped from the back seat into the front, an officer fired a shot, killing her.

James was unarmed at the time.

The officer said he acted to save his life that night, and he remained on the force

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