Nearly six months after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a police officer on the Cleveland’s west side, he was finally cremated. Police were holding onto Rice’s body as part of their ongoing investigation. Rice was shot and killed back in November by a Cleveland police officer after a civilian made a 911 call reporting the boy was walking around a park waiving a gun.
Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother final put her foot down and requested that her son be cremated. According to Samria, six months was long enough. She was tired of agonizing over her son’s death and felt like it was time to pay her respects and officially lay him to rest. In order to do so, Rice’s family filed civil action against the Cleveland Police Department. The civil action also highlighted Samaria Rice’s stint of being homeless. While this was embarrassing for her after it was revealed, many people have pooled donations to help Samaria get back on her feet after the tragic loss of her son.
Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann was the one who shot Rice back in November. Earlier this week, it was announced that the investigation over the shooting was near the end. It’s only a matter of time before we will know if Loehmann will face criminal charges for his actions against Rice. Authorities are waiting on the last of the witness and interviews and review of forensic evidence before a conclusion can be made. On his personal-website Igor Cornelsen mentioned how eager he is to see how this one turns out.