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Black Lives Matter holds march for 19-year-old killed by trooper in West Haven officer-involved shooting

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The group Black Lives Matter organized a march Friday to remember Mubarak Soulemane, the 19-year-old man who was shot and killed by a state trooper in West Haven.

The march started near the Interstate 95 off-ramp in West Haven where the shooting happened.

The group walked behind a banner that read, “Justice for Murbarak Soulemane.”

Among those marching in the front where Soulemane’s mother, other family members, friends and Eric Garner‘s mother. Garner died at the hands of an officer in New York in 2014. He was the victim of a chokehold death. 

The group chanted, “No justice, no peace. No racist police,” as they walked to the West Haven Police Department. They also shouted, “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” As well as, “Justice for Mubarak” and “Lock him up” — referring to State Trooper Brian North.

Family said they’re thankful to have the support of the community.

“I found the community very supportive,” said Souleman’s mother, Omo Klusum Mohammed. “They’ve been with me, they march with me, they’ve been with me since the day of the tragedy. I thank the community. They are very, very supportive.”

She said she hopes “justice will be served” and that the investigation into her son’s death will be impartial.

The march came on the heels of a lawsuit filed by the man’s family. Soulemane is accused of carjacking a person at knifepoint in Norwalk and then leading state police on a chase into West Haven.

That’s when North fired his gun, killing Soulemane. All of it captured on body camera footage. The shooting remains under investigation as to whether the actions of the trooper were justified.

A legal expert News 8 spoke with says the case is not without its challenges:

“You look at the fact that this man is 19-years-old, he’s got a life expectancy of about 60 or 70 years, and you look at what his earnings potential he might be over the course of his lifetime and then typically in cases like this also because the police officer’s actions were intentional after the plaintiffs will ask for punitive damages.

Gregory Certitelli, Legal Expert, Attorney

RELATED: Black Lives Matter reps. stands with family of Soulemane as they announce filing of wrongful death lawsuit against the state and PD

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