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Asheville police shooting

Najiyyah Avery, center, prays for her son, Jai “Jerry” Williams, while holding his childhood teddy bear at the Block off Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., on July 12, the day Williams would have turned 36. Williams was fatally shot by police at the city’s Deaverview Apartments 10 days earlier.

 (Susannah Kay / For The Times)
Asheville police shooting

Concerned community members Adrienne Weir, center, and Hannah Butler, right, gather in front of the Asheville Police Department to raise awareness in memory of Jai “Jerry” Williams on July 12. Williams, 35, was shot and killed by police in the North Carolina city on July 2, 2016.

 (Susannah Kay / For The Times)
A shrine in memory of Jai “Jerry” Williams is displayed at the Block off Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., on July 12.
A shrine in memory of Jai “Jerry” Williams is displayed at the Block off Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., on July 12.  (Susannah Kay / For The Times )
Asheville police shooting

Concerned community members attend the Interfaith Unity Gathering organized by Asheville, N.C., city officials and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance in memory of Jai “Jerry” Williams on July 12.

 (Susannah Kay / For The Times)
Asheville police shooting

Diondrea Arrington, 3, and other community members attend the Interfaith Unity Gathering organized by city officials and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance in memory of Jai “Jerry” Williams on July 12, 2016, in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, N.C.

 (Susannah Kay / For The Times)
Family members and concerned citizens wear T-shirts in memory of Jai “Jerry” Williams, who was shot and killed by police in Asheville, N.C., on July 2, 2016.
Family members and concerned citizens wear T-shirts in memory of Jai “Jerry” Williams, who was shot and killed by police in Asheville, N.C., on July 2, 2016.  (Susannah Kay / For The Times )
Asheville police shooting

Posters in memory of Jai “Jerry” Williams are shown at the Block off Biltmore in Asheville, N.C. Williams, 35, was fatally shot by police at nearby Deaverview Apartments on July 2, 2016.

 (Susannah Kay / For The Times)
Jamal Cash leads Jai “Jerry” Williams’ family and community in song at Williams’ birthday party at the Block off Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., on July 12. Williams, who was fatally shot by police 10 days earlier, would have been 36.
Jamal Cash leads Jai “Jerry” Williams’ family and community in song at Williams’ birthday party at the Block off Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., on July 12. Williams, who was fatally shot by police 10 days earlier, would have been 36.  (Susannah Kay / For The Times )
Asheville police shooting

Jai “Jerry” Williams is honored by his mother, Najiyyah Avery, left,  ​and cousins Tristan Earle and Tiffany Williams​ at his birthday party in Asheville, N.C. Williams died 10 days earlier in a police shooting.

 (Susannah Kay / For The Times)
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