What did Tyre King’s family know the night he was killed?


COLUMBUS (WCMH) – As the family of Tyre King continues to ask for an independent investigation into the shooting death of the teenager, the family’s attorney is answering questions about what the family knew on the night King was shot.

Since King was killed by Columbus police nearly three weeks ago, questions have been raised about his alleged involvement in an armed robbery, why the 13-year-old was with a 19-year-old man that night and where he got the BB gun police said he had at the time of his death.

Sean Walton, who represents King’s family, said the past three weeks have been rough for the family.

“They’ve been grieving and mourning and trying to process everything and come to grips with it,” Walton said.

The family continues to ask the city for an independent investigation and for the Department of Justice to take the reins.

“The same Columbus Police Department that shot their 13-year-old child should not be the ones leading this investigation,” Walton said.

Asked about King’s relationship with Demetrius Braxton, the 19-year-old man police said he was with during the alleged armed robbery, Walton said the family did not know of Braxton prior to that day.

“The family does not know who he is,” Walton said. “They have the same questions that you do.”

Walton said the armed robbery in which King was allegedly involved happened before 8pm, though some have asked why the teenager was out by himself at night.

“As a 13-year-old teenager, that’s not a late time of night,” Walton said. “He actually completed his homework that day before he went out. He was a good student, he was a good kid.”

Walton said the family believes King could have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“To question the parenting of Tyre and to say that he did something wrong is just unfair because we don’t know the facts of the situation,” Walton said.

As protests continue in Columbus, Walton said King’s family supports them, as long as they remain peaceful.

“They really want people to understand that whatever happened to Tyre, it needs to be a catalyst for change,” Walton said.

Walton also said King’s family does not know where the BB gun came from and said they did not buy it for him.

NBC4 called Demetrius Braxton’s attorney on Tuesday, but his office said he was not making comments to the media.

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