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Family and friends gather to remember James Scurlock nearly one year after his death

Updated: May. 29, 2021 at 5:21 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Sunday marks one year since 22-year-old James Scurlock was shot in killed in the Old Market during protests.

On Saturday afternoon, his family and friends honored his life. Community leaders, artists, and Scurlock’s family spoke during the Justice for James event.

James’s siblings say they will continue to fight for justice for their brother.

“It was a real injustice what happened to our family last year. We understand many people have seen that but do many people actually see it and accept it? And that’s what we are looking for. Just making sure we can get that out there,” said A.D. Swolley, James Scurlock’s brother.

The Scurlock family says they want to make sure another family doesn’t have to go through what they did.

Initially, no charges were filed against bar owner Jake Gardner in the shooting death of Scurlock. Months later a grand jury indicted Gardner for manslaughter.

Gardner died by suicide after an arrest warrant was issued.

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