Atwon Rose Jr. was unarmed when he was shot in the back as he ran from police officers who pulled over the vehicle he was in during a traffic stop. The officers were investigating a drive-by shooting when 17-year-old Rose and his friends rode by in a Chevrolet Cruze that reportedly matched the description of the car in question.
According to The Washington Post, the officer involved is on leave pending an investigation.
Here are nine things to know about the life and death of Antwon Rose Jr.:
1. The timeline:
According to the Allegheny County Police Department:
8:20 p.m. – Allegheny County police received several calls reporting a shooting on the 800 block of Kirkpatrick Avenue in North Braddock. Paramedics later found a 22-year-old male victim.
8:33 p.m. – Police spotted a vehicle matching the description provided by callers, including a broken window.
Police pulled the vehicle over and ordered the driver, an unnamed 20-year-old, to the ground.
Rose and a second unidentified passenger ran from the vehicle. Rose was shot in the back three times.
9:19 p.m. – The teen was pronounced dead at McKeesport Hospital.
2. Rose was an honor student and volunteered at a local nonprofit:
The rising senior at Woodland Hills High School was an honor student who volunteered at the Free Store 15104, a nonprofit that provides goods free of charge to those in need. Rose first took an interest in volunteering at the store when he was 14.
“He was friendly, easy to work with, smart, vibrant,” the organization's founder, Gisele Fetterman, who Rose reached out to in 2015 to inquire about volunteering with them, told The Washington Post. “He was a caring person, and everyone loved him.”
And we loved having you, Antwon. 💔 Our hearts are broken. #AntwonRose pic.twitter.com/6okC7bufUT— Free Store 15104 (@15104FreeStore) June 21, 2018
3. The officer involved was new to the East Pittsburgh force:
The yet to be identified officer who shot Rose joined the East Pittsburgh police force 90 minutes before the shooting and had worked as an officer in the region since 2011.
4. Rose became the 490th person in the U.S. to be shot by police in 2018:
According to The Washington Post’s database, black people comprise only 13 percent of the nation but have disproportionately been victims in 23 percent of fatal police shootings.
5. He was also a skater:
Switch & Signal Skatepark said Rose frequented the park in a tribute to Rose on Facebook on Wednesday, June 20.
6. Protesters gathered outside of the East Pittsburgh Police Department on Wednesday:
Protesters held signs demanding “Justice4Antwon” and for lawmakers to “End Police Violence Now.”
The group chanted: “Say his name! Antwon!”
People trickling in to the parking lot outside the East Pittsburgh PD in protest of last night’s shooting of unarmed Antwon Rose pic.twitter.com/wEyQvb7B15— Megan Guza (@meganguzaTrib) June 20, 2018
It was a honor to stand with my city today. We are not stopping until we get justice for Antwon Rose Jr pic.twitter.com/lkYmnMc8qE— Jasiri X (@jasiri_x) June 21, 2018
SHUT DOWN ALL THE ROADS! Accountability now! Justice now! Not one more!#ShutItDown #AntwonRoseJr pic.twitter.com/YbWBouP7WH— Pittsburgh DSA🌹 (@pghDSA) June 21, 2018
7. Protests continued in the rain because Black Lives Matter, always:
Protesters stopped traffic to sit in the middle of Electric Avenue in East Pittsburgh during the pouring rain.
8. Antwon wrote a poem entitled “I Am Not What You Think” two years before his killing:
The poem features the lines, “I see mothers bury their sons/ I want my mom to never feel that pain," and Rose hoped for a future where people would not see him as another statistic.
The family of #AntwonRose just sent me this poem he wrote 2 years ago.
I see mothers bury their sons
I want my mom to never feel that pain.
On Tuesday he was shot 3 times in the back & killed by police.
His mother is now preparing his funeral. pic.twitter.com/IuHper1GV6— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 21, 2018
9. Black Lives Matter groups are holding vigils for the teen:
A vigil for Rose will be held June 25 in Denver, Colorado, as protests continue in his hometown.