An aspiring rapper was killed by six police officers who was he was sleeping in his car.
According to Buzzfeed News, on Saturday night six Vallejo, California, police officers were called to Taco Bell to check out Willie James McCoy (aka Willie Bo), who was slumped over” inside a silver Mercedes-Benz.
When police arrived, McCoy, 20, was unresponsive.
However, they saw a handgun in his lap, a gun that authorities later discovered was loaded and stolen from Oregon.
“The two officers decided to hold their position and did not attempt to wake the driver,” police said in a statement.
“Instead they decided to wait for additional officers to arrive on scene and ensure that people in the parking lot were safe and did not approach the vehicle.”
After noticing that the car’s “transmission was in drive,” they couldn’t open the driver’s side door once additional officers arrived.
That’s when the situation turned south.
“The driver began to suddenly move and looked at the uniformed patrol officers,” officials said, BuzzFeed reported.
“Officers gave the driver several commands to put his hands up. The driver did not comply and instead moved his hands downward toward the firearm.”
Then, six police officers opened fire at McCoy for about four seconds, Buzzfeed noted.
After the shooting, one of the officers reached through the broken glass and grabbed the handgun. While police claim they tried to perform CPR on McCoy, the young man was declared dead at the scene.
McCoy’s cousin David Harrison told the Los Angeles Times that the Bay Area aspiring rapper was an “ambitious goodhearted kid.”
“Willie was a goodhearted kid,” Harrison said. “He loved children. He was ambitious. There was no such things as friends for him. His friends were family.”
Harrison also took to Facebook to warn Black parents to protect their children from the police.
“You can’t just keep killing us in the streets like this,” adding, “My little cousin was asleep in the car. They shot him 20 mother f*cking times, in a mother f*cking car asleep.”
The Solano County district attorney’s office is investigating the shooting.
Remembering Trayvon Martin On What Would Have Been His 24th Birthday
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Today would have been Trayvon Martin's 24th birthday. pic.twitter.com/HUTxZirdPP— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 5, 2019
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Wishing a Happy Birthday to our Brother Trayvon Martin who would’ve turned 24 today. RIP. pic.twitter.com/xsYbclHmSn— COMMON (@common) February 5, 2019
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Trayvon Martin should have turned 24 today. His memory will always live in our hearts and our movement for justice. pic.twitter.com/W3M7CbRQ4i— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 5, 2019
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Trayvon Martin should have been 24 years old today. pic.twitter.com/9xuTgq70ei— Haymarket Books (@haymarketbooks) February 5, 2019
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Remembering #TrayvonMartin, who would have turned 24 today. “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” #MLK90 #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/7vwK1Cbhk1— The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center (@TheKingCenter) February 5, 2019
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Today Trayvon Martin should be turning 24. This is one milestone on a long list of "should haves" Trayvon will never get to enjoy— CiCi Adams🌸 (@CiCiAdams_) February 5, 2019
We honor him by continuing to fight for justice, the fight for Black boys & girls — with purpose & intentionality, w/ love & courage. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/kKKFoPxfJc
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We are discussing Liam Neeson’s comment about wanting to kill any Black person the same time of Trayvon Martin’s Birthday.— Preston Mitchum, he/him (@PrestonMitchum) February 5, 2019
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I see debates denouncing the dangers of MAGA hats— “it’s just an article of clothing,” I hear. Trayvon Martin could be debating this with the world on his— Jordan Richardson (@JJRich91) February 5, 2019
24th Birthday today, but he isn’t— because his hoodie WAS dangerous. Rest in Power 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/0M9798ZqI2
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The actual announcement of the verdict triggered a number of mostly peaceful demonstrations in several cities across the United States, with the ‘hoodie’ sweatshirt becoming a key symbol of the protests. So today, I remember Trayvon Martin.#BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/rhBAIiuJnV— Memej🙋🏿♀️ (@Memej99) February 5, 2019
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