Families Of Loved Ones Killed By Police Form Healing Network

They share a common grief and common goal of justice, Caroline Cummings reports (2:27). WCCO 4 News At 6 - April 16, 2021

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AMELIA SANTANIELLO: Before Daunte Wright and George Floyd were killed, other families experienced similar tragedies. They share a common grief and common goal of justice for Daunte and George and their loved ones. . Caroline Cummings shares some of their stories

CHYNA WHITAKER: I'm just really hurt for my son because, like, he doesn't have his father now. And it's like, it's kind of stressful on me, because I really don't want to do this by myself.

CAROLINE CUMMINGS: Chyna Whitaker, mother to Daunte Wright Jr., and Daunte's mom Katie Wright--

KATIE WRIGHT: My son is going to be buried in a few days, and that's not OK.

CAROLINE CUMMINGS: --are bound together by their loss and their grief, but they are not alone in their mourning. A group of mothers, fathers, siblings, and friends share in a collective pain, as families who've lost loved ones to law enforcement.

VALERIE CASTILE: We wear a cloak like no other. And we stand here today in solidarity.

CAROLINE CUMMINGS: Valerie Castile's son Philando was shot and killed during a traffic stop nearly five years ago. She says Daunte's death struck a chord. Both her son and Daunte drove white cars, were pulled over, and shared the same tragic fate.

VALERIE CASTILE: I'm mad as hell again. And again, and again, and again.

CAROLINE CUMMINGS: All of this amid Derek Chauvin's murder trial for George Floyd's death is traumatizing them once again, these families say. And they say there hasn't been any change since they've lost their loved ones years ago.

TIFFANY BURNS: A lot of the things that we demanded back then have fell on deaf ears.

CAROLINE CUMMINGS: Toshira Garraway formed the group Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence. She says, as the country says Daunte Wright and George Floyd's names, she hopes others like her fiance, Justin Teigen, aren't forgotten.

TOSHIRA GARRAWAY: No one knows his story! No one knows hardly about Cordelia [? Annie. ?] No one hardly knows about [? Hardell ?] Cheryl and [? Jefford ?] Smith and Demetrius Hale and Marcus Golden and Colby Heisler! And then they want to isolate these stories!

CAROLINE CUMMINGS: Caroline Cummings, WCCO 4 News.

FRANK VASCELLARO: Here's a live look at a vigil being held right now at the site now where Daunte Wright died. It is the fifth night in a row that people have come together to honor him. Meanwhile, the mayor of Brooklyn Center is lifting the curfew in that city tonight. He is asking for peaceful protesting and demonstrations.