On Aug.2, Qasir Brown was riding his bike on the sidewalk a few doors away from his house on Boyce Ave, Utica, where he was hit by an SUV backing out of a driveway.
He died of his injuries later that night.
The investigation into the incident that caused his death has not been closed and so far, no charges have been made against the driver of the SUV.
Thursday night, a vigil will be held for Qasir. The organizers of the vigil have applied a definite racial tone to the promotion of the event.
An email was sent out to the media Thursday morning to announce the vigil. The email was titled: Justice for Qasir! – Vigil to be Held for Six-Year-Old Black Boy Killed by Racist White Neighbor, Police and City Attempting to Cover up Tragedy.
The announcement went on to accuse the driver of the SUV of running over the boy twice.
The organizer also accused the local news media of having sat on the story for two weeks. The incident was covered by NewsChannel 9’s sister station, WUTR-TV, the night is happened, including an interview at the scene with police officials as they began their investigation.
Thursday morning, two reporters from WUTR-TV spoke with members of Qasir’s family. His grandmother and uncle would not go on camera, but spoke with us at great length.
They disagree with how the vigil organizers have portrayed this. They do not believe it is “our Charlottesville.”
The family is not sure if this was racially motivated. But, they do believe it was negligent and expressed frustration that the driver of the SUV, who is a neighbor of the family, has not made an attempt to contact them or offer condolences.
Qasir’s uncle, Frank Perry, told WUTR-TV, “This isn’t Charlottesville, we are just grieving our family’s loss.”