Friends, family gather to remember man shot, killed by Raleigh officer

Wake County News

With flowers, candles, and music, friends and family shared fond memories of Soheil Mojarrad, or Soh to those close to him.

Dozens came together in the shopping center on N. Rogers Lane where Mojarrad was fatally shot Saturday night.

“We hope that we can just keep going and make a change. That’s what he wanted. He thought the world should be a fair and just place.” said Mojarrad’s father, Mehrdad Mojarrad.

His mother said he loved art and music and recently planted a garden in her yard to give food to others. Now she plans on carrying on that passion for him.

Mojarrad’s family said they are choosing to remember how Soh lived and how he loved. 

“I don’t think what creed, or what religion, or what background, or what color, what sexuality whatever you had. He would just be there for you,” Mojarrad’s father said.

Mojarrad was shot by a Raleigh police officer who, according to 911 calls, was responding to a trespassing situation at a nearby Sheetz Saturday night.

In radio traffic, the officer said the suspect, later identified as Mojarrad, had a knife.

Raleigh police said the officer’s body camera wasn’t activated during the incident. That has left community advocates wanting answers.

“We as a community, we will promise the family and promise Soheil that we will not stay silent. We will not keep our mouths closed until we get to the bottom of this,” said Faisal Khan of the Carolina Peace Center.

The Raleigh Police Department declined to comment on why the officer’s body camera wasn’t activated. It said the SBI is reviewing other video related to the incident, and RPD’s Internal Affairs Unit is investigating if policies were followed.

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