A crowd beings to gather at the gas station where Antonio Martin died on December 24, 2014.
Activists had already planned Christmas Eve memorials for Antonio Martin, a black man killed by a white police officer in Berkeley, Missouri Tuesday night.
But on Wednesday, groups have begun to gather at the gas station where he was shot — including locals, veterans of the Ferguson protests, and police.
The NAACP has called for peaceful gatherings. But Berkeley is still on edge, especially after the string of protests in nearby Ferguson this summer following the shooting death of 18-year old Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer.
Berkeley is 85% black, and has a population of 9,000 — about half the size of Ferguson.
After Martin was killed Tuesday, hundreds gathered at the gas station, some clashing with police and throwing explosives — likely fireworks — and rocks.
Local authorities allege Martin, who was the same age as Brown, pulled a gun on a 34-year old white police officer. The officer then fired three shots, one of which fatally wounded Martin.
3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. St. Louis County Police have released multiple surveillance camera footage from the gas station where the incident occurred. The videos show the officer stumbling backwards as he attempts to retreat and falls, Martin raising his arm directly in front of him and one that ends when, police say, Martin raises a gun.
2. Police have also released images of a handgun found at the scene.
Photo: Handgun recovered during #AntonioMartin shooting investigation. pic.twitter.com/Lu4bwbWINenam-
— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) December 24, 2014
3. Meanwhile, a memorial for Martin has appeared at the gas station where he died.
Memorial grows in front of Mobil gas station where #AntonioMartin died last night. @kmoxnews pic.twitter.com/1mhdo1L3tN
— Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun) December 24, 2014
Despite the evidence released by police, protesters still have doubts.
Lots of protestors out here have viewed the videos. And the consensus is that we know no more than we did last night. #AntonioMartin
— deray mckesson (@deray) December 25, 2014
A vigil is also planned for 11 p.m. on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
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