West Memphians Gather to Memorialize 12-Year-Old Boy Killed by Police

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - Stuffed animals and children's toys are clustered near a parking lot in West Memphis where a 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by a police officer.  Yesterday evening, about 300 people gathered around the animals to memorialize DeAuntae Farrow, who was killed June 22.

Debra Farrow, the boy's mother, expressed her appreciation to those who showed up.  She said the community and others around the nation had shown love and support, and added that the officer who shot her son, and the officer's family, are in her prayers.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor for the Second Judicial District, that includes Crittenden County, Brent Davis of Jonesboro, said he would seek appointment of a special prosecutor to review an investigation of the shooting.  Davis said he had prosecuted many cases in Crittenden County, often with involvement of West Memphis police, and so had Deputy Prosecutor Fred Thorne.  The prosecutor said he wanted as much objectivity as possible in the handling of the case.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)