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Alex City man shot and killed by police remembered at vigil

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ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) -

More than 100 people gathered in front of the Alex City Police Department Thursday to remember the life of 21-year-old Emerson Crayton Jr.

They're remembering his life and praying for the truth to come out.

That was the goal of many concerned residents, family and friends of Crayton, also known as "Junior", at a vigil Thursday in Alexander City.

An Alex City police officer shot and killed Crayton over the weekend while witnesses say he was leaving the Huddle House in Alex City.

The family and many in the community say they want answers. The big questions are why did the cop pull the trigger and was it justified?

They're lingering questions that won't be answered until the Alabama Bureau of Investigation completes its investigation.

More than 100 people gathered in front of the Alex City Police Department Thursday to try to bring peace to the unrest that the mayor says is going on right now.

Mayor Charles Shaw says people want answers right now and are anxious to know what really happened.

Prayers, singing and reflection took place not just for the teen who was gunned down but also for the officer who pulled the trigger.

"We will continue to pray for them, even after we get the answers back we will continue to pray for them," Shaw said.

"I think it was wrong and unjustified. I'm a teenager and I may want to hang out in places and if a situation occurs and the police have to be called. I would want them to handle the situation by gathering all the information then taking further action. I have big plans in life just like Emerson Crayton, because I am Emerson Crayton," 13-year-old Cameron Tolbert said.

Right now there is a big social media movement regarding this case as this community waits for the truth and tries to heal in the process.

Officials say the officer involved in this shooting still remains on administrative leave.

The vigil, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed one night due to a misunderstanding.

When the group arrived at the police department Wednesday, they were told by police that in order to hold the vigil, they needed a permit. Organizers say they had no idea and simply wanted to bring attention to what they are calling a tragedy in the community.

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