The family of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was fatally shot by a Texas police officer Saturday, says their only desire is to seek justice in the teen’s death.
In a statement released by the family’s attorney, Lee Merritt, on Tuesday, Edwards was described as a “loving child, with a humble and sharing spirit.”
“The bond that he shared with his family, particularly his siblings was indescribable,” the family said.
The incident in question took place Saturday evening as police were responding to a report of “several underage kids” who were allegedly drunk at a residence in Balch Springs, Texas. Police initially said that Jordan was in a vehicle that backed up in the direction of the responding officers “in an aggressive manner.” One officer, who has not been identified, opened fire, striking Jordan, who was sitting in the front passenger seat. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities later admitted, however, that they had misspoken in recounting what occurred and that it appeared as though the vehicle Jordan was in was driving away from the officers when shots were fired, based on body cam footage.