Kionte Spencer's family honors him with special day

Published: Oct. 22, 2016 at 8:22 PM EDT
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It's been nearly eight months since Kionte Spencer was killed after an altercation with police in Roanoke County.

His family and friends are continuing what they call their fight for justice.

Kionte's brother Carl shared parts of a psychological evaltuation with WDBJ7's Shayne Dwyer Saturday afternoon.

It was performed on Spencer the day before the incident with police.

It shows he denied any suicidal or homicidal thoughts.

"Kionte's Day" was billed as a birthday party, but there was no once celebrating in front of the church Saturday.

"What I need right now is closure for my son's death, I want to know why he was murdered, why did they take his life," Antonia Askew, Kionte Spencer's Mother said.

Spencer was shot and killed by Roanoke County Police earlier this year.

The department said he had a B-B gun, refused orders, and posed a threat.

An internal investigation later found the officers were justified in their actions, although the family disagrees.

Spencer would have been 19 this month.

His friends and family rebuke the police investigation and instead celebrate his life with Kionte's day.

"I'm glad that we had a good day today and I'm sorry for what happened with Kionte but I feel like justice will be served and we still have to keep fighting until the victory is won," DeRon Lark said.

The Justice For Kionte Coalition petitioned to the U-S attorney's office for a federal investigation back in June, and started coming every Monday to the office as a sign of protest.

It's not doing that anymore, but says their three demands of a video release, an independent investigation and the officer's names have still not been met.

"Police at the end of May closed the case. That's the opositte of justice and it's not even the bare minimum of showing the truth of what happened, it's basiacly take our word for what happened," Jason Lambert said.

So as the days continue on, this group won't drop its message.

"God tells me that justice will be served, no matter what. I'm going to get answers," Askew said.

Kionte's mother wants to meet with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to discuss this case, and find ways to prevent this type of incident from happening again.

As of right now there's no word on whether she will be able to make that a reality.