(AP) -About 200 people attended a community vigil for in Alabama for a young black man killed by a police officer in a shopping mall.
The vigil was held Tuesday night at Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church, where a racist bombing killed four black girls in 1963.
E.J. Bradford’s mother April Pipkins entered to a standing ovation and collapsed in tears onstage as she began speaking at the church vigil. Paramedics took her to a hospital to monitor her condition.
Bradford was shot to death Thanksgiving night by a police officer responding to a shooting at the mall.
Police initially described Bradford as the shooter, but they later said it was unlikely that he fired the shots.
Regional NAACP field director Kevin Myles said Bradford’s killing was part of a pattern of police killing black men without cause.