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The Latest: Slain teen’s mother joins supporters at vigil

March 24, 2019

RANKIN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the acquittal of an ex-East Pittsburgh police officer’s fatal shooting of a teen (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

The mother of a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer outside Pittsburgh told supporters at a vigil that she was glad to see her son’s life celebrated at a place that meant so much to him.

Michelle Kenney, mother of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II, joined friends and supporters at a vigil Sunday afternoon at the Hawkins Village housing complex in Rankin.

Scores of people brought red roses, white flowers and candles, and purple ribbons to the basketball court, which Kenney called “his spot.” They read a poem by Rose, sang and prayed.

Kenney said supporters put together the vigil while she slept. She said “I haven’t slept in I don’t know how long ... And after the verdict was read, I literally went home and I collapsed.”

Hundreds marched in protest Saturday after former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld was acquitted Friday in the shooting of Rose last summer.

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4:44 p.m.

The mother of a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer outside Pittsburgh says she went home and “collapsed” after the officer’s acquittal in her son’s death.

Michelle Kenney, mother of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II, joined friends and supporters at a vigil Sunday afternoon at the Hawkins Village housing complex in Rankin.

She said “I haven’t slept in I don’t know how long ... And after the verdict was read, I literally went home and I collapsed.”

Kenney said she was glad to see her son’s life being celebrated at the spot where he spent so much time. She said anyone looking for Antwon would “find him on the basketball court.”

Several dozen people brought red roses, white flowers and candles, and purple ribbons, and they read a poem by Rose, sang and prayed.