- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A year after VonDerrit Myers Jr. was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer, dozens gather to remember him.

The vigil for Myers was Thursday night. Supporters sang, chanted and prayed.

A police officer was working a secondary job as a neighborhood security officer on Oct. 8, 2014. He said Myers shot at him first, leading to a gun battle. The officer was not struck by Myers was fatally wounded.

His family disputed claims that Myers had a gun. Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce ruled in May that the officer would not be charged.

The shooting came less than two months after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson and further escalated racial tension. Both Brown and Myers were 18 and black. Both officers were white.

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