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As they await justice for their son Vonderrit Myers Jr  — the 18-year-old fatally shot by police in St. Louis on Oct. 18 — parents Syreeta and Vonderrit Myers Sr., as well as a host of friends, mourn their beloved boy and reflect on their loss.

Since the shooting, the media has assassinated Myers’ character, portraying him as a gun-toting thug, but his mother paints a different picture in an exclusive interview with NewsOne. Myers sat down with correspondent Tim Lampey to talk about her son, adding that he was not the animal the media made him out to be.

“I want the world to know that, my son may have made some wrong decisions, but he was not an animal; he was not just out on the street doing bad things,” Syreeta Myers said.

Myers was loved by his family, teachers, and community, she adds. Those in his neighborhood reflected on Myers’ great story-telling and ability to make his peers laugh. In the wake of his death, a corner store deli has named a sandwich after the teen called “the droop” sandwich. He got the nickname thanks to his drooping jaws as a baby.

Watch parents and friends talk about Myers and the shooting here.


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