Basketball tournament remembers lives lost in police shootings

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Dozens of people gathered in East Flatbush Saturday for Hoops for Justice, a free basketball tournament that was held to honor lives lost to police-involved shootings.

The sixth annual tournament was hosted by two families who faced the same tragedy. Kimani Gray and Shantel Davis were both fatally shot by police officers nine months apart. Their families say they're still searching for justice.

Families from other boroughs with loved ones who died during police encounters were also in attendance. Among them was Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, who died after he was put in a chokehold by police.

Organizers say they want to use their loss as a force for good by uniting the community of East Flatbush while also creating a network of New Yorkers who want to see the same type of change.

"We never would have met each other if it wasn't for our tragedies, but being that we were thrown into this club together, we have to unite and support one another," says Carr.

The event was funded through donations and was free to the public.

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