ROME, N.Y. - A local family held their annual memorial service at Pinti Field for Rome native, Jason Westcott who died five years ago.
According to his family, Westcott was shot and killed in Florida by Tampa Police in 2014 during a drug raid. His family says questions about the justification of his death still linger today, but they are determined to keep his memory alive by holding a memorial in his honor every year.
"We call it an 'angel-versary', we do it every year for Jason, we just all get together and remember all the good," Ginny Bromley, Westcott's cousin said. "We don't want to remember him for what happened. He always lifted up everybody's spirits and we just reminisce on the good memories."
Bromley says Westcott's mom lives in Florida and she holds a service every year in his honor there as well.
Westcott's family filed a lawsuit against the city of Tampa and several police officers for their actions leading up to Westcott's death. They are now looking for a different attorney to handle to lawsuit.
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