Mother speaks at vigil for 17-year-old robbery suspect shot & killed by Portland Police

PORTLAND, Ore. – Family members of the 17-year-old who was shot and killed by police last week gathered in Northeast Portland for a candlelight vigil.

Portland Police said Quanice Hayes was the suspect in an armed robbery. He was shot and killed in a Northeast Portland neighborhood on Thursday.

Officers said he had a replica gun when they found him in a Northeast Portland neighborhood.

Quanice's mother, Venus Hayes, spoke publicly Sunday night for the first time since her son’s death.

"Quanice was idolized by his siblings, and adored by his family. We are all struggling to find sense in his death and a life taken too soon," his mother, Venus Hayes, said. "While we wait for answers surrounding the death of Quanice, we ask the public to refrain from speculation.”

Dozens of his friends and classmates showed up to a vigil Saturday night outside the Banfield Pet Hospital on NE 82nd Avenue to share memories of Hayes.

Family members returned the following night to hold another remembrance. Venus Hayes said he was the eldest of five siblings, and had a personality that you couldn't help but love.

"For those of us who new Quanice well, we remember him as a vivacious, outgoing and loving soul who marched to the beat of his own drum," she said.

The family thanks everyone who has reached out with love and support following Quanice’s death.

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