- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A candlelight vigil is planned in the Albuquerque foothills in honor of a homeless camper shot by police.

Organizers were calling on people to gather Wednesday evening at the Copper trailhead with candles or flashlights.

Last month, Albuquerque police shot 38-year-old James Boyd after a long standoff during which Boyd claimed he was a government agent. A helmet camera video of the shooting showed Boyd picking up his belongings before he was shot. He later died at a hospital.

Police said Boyd had threatened to kill officers and held onto knives.

Boyd’s death helped spark a violent protest Sunday that forced the city to call out riot police.

Fire Chief David Downey asked that open flames not be taken beyond paved areas near the trailhead because of dry conditions.


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