SAN ANTONIO — Near the spot where a 17-year-old was shot by a former San Antonio Police Officer, the requires justice solely received louder Tuesday. A vigil for Erik Cantu was held practically a month to the day because the incident. The vigil was held on the McDonald’s off Blanco Road and West Avenue.
A month later, the calls for for accountability are nonetheless the identical as Cantu stays within the hospital. The household didn’t present, however as a substitute a press release was learn on behalf of Cantu’s mom Victoria Casarez. Below is the complete assertion:
Thank you all for being right here tonight to help Erik and our household. The kindness, prayers, and outreach from the group imply greater than you possibly can know. And I really consider Erik feels it, too.
I want we didn’t should be dwelling this nightmare. We shouldn’t should be, as a result of this tragedy was utterly preventable. James Brennand didn’t should gun down my little one. He didn’t should mutilate his younger physique with bullets. But he did. And now, Erik is left preventing for his life and our household is heartbroken.
Erik is the sunshine of our lives. All we wish is for him to get better and reside a fantastic and significant life as a substitute of clinging to life. But even now, he’s nonetheless Erik. Strong, and relentless.
Nothing can take again the violence that was inflicted on my son. But I hope that with the help of our group, we will work collectively to maintain Erik’s horrific case within the highlight to not solely get him justice, however to additionally guarantee this by no means occurs to anybody else. I wouldn’t want this ache on anybody.
While we navigate this very troublesome time, please maintain Erik and our household in your prayers. You’ve already prayed and executed a lot, however I’m asking for a bit of extra. Because each prayer counts as Erik fights for his life. Thank you on your continued help.
On October 2nd, physique digicam video confirmed the taking pictures involving former SAPD Officer James Brennand and Cantu who was consuming within the McDonald’s parking zone. At the time, SAPD mentioned the ex-cop believed the automotive was stolen.
Police later confirmed the automotive was not stolen. Cantu was seen in video taking off, after the officer opened his door and fired off his weapon a number of instances.
Tuesday’s vigil was organized by Party for Socialism and Liberation, or PSL. Several individuals spoke together with Rachell Tucker who’s with the group.
“I feel for him,” she mentioned. “His mom. And his family. “We want justice, and we want change and peace for Erik Cantu.”
Brennand is charged with two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant.
“As we speak, he is in critical care and the ex-police officer Brennand is out on bond, if that’s not injustice.”
According to on-line data Brennand has a listening to slated for November 23.