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Family and attorney for Erik Cantu speak for first time

This is the first time the teenager’s dad and mom have spoken publicly following the capturing earlier this month.

SAN ANTONIO — More than three weeks after Erik Cantu was shot by a now-former San Antonio Police officer, his household spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday morning.

Ben Crump, lead attorney for Erik and his household, opened a information convention on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse by speaking about Cantu’s situation.

“He is continuing to fight for his life on life support… He still has a hole in his chest right before his heart,” Crump stated. “The fact that Erik is here is about a miracle every day.”

“This is about vigilance. This is about everyday prayer, first and foremost for Erik’s life.”

Crump stated that the household will search justice for their son.

“You cannot justify this unjustifiable, unconstitutional, excessive use of force on this 17-year-old child who was doing everything right,” Crump stated. “He graduated high school early. He had aspirations to be a businessman.”

Erik’s father, Erik Cantu Sr., spoke about his son’s accidents.

“He is getting slightly better. His wounds are healing.”

“He’s such a fighter. He’s so strong, and he’s doing this,” stated his mom, Victoria.

“It’s just been a horrific rollercoaster,” she stated. “Our main focus has been Erik’s health. … We just want to be there by his side every day.”

“I just want everybody to keep praying for Erik. We need you, he needs you.”

Crump had a warning for different households about what he referred to as “profiling (of) this young Hispanic teenager.”

“If we don’t get justice for Erik Cantu, honest to God, it can happen to you. We have to get justice in this matter,” he stated.

Officer James Brennand was responding to an unrelated name on October 2 close to the McDonald’s at Blanco Road and West Avenue when he noticed Cantu’s automotive and ordered the teenager out.

At the time, Brennand stated he believed the automotive was stolen.

The teen was consuming a burger within the parking zone.

The automotive backed away, and the officer opened hearth.

Since the capturing, Brennand has been fired and criminally charged with aggravated assault with a lethal weapon by a public servant.

He has since posted bond.

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