Vigil held to remember man killed in Brownsville police-involved shooting

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A vigil was held Monday night in Brownsville to remember the man who was killed in a police-involved shooting in Brownsville on Friday.

Kwesi Ashun, 33, was shot and killed inside Goldmine Nail Salon on Mother Gaston Boulevard.

Police say they were trying to arrest 26-year-old Dewayne Hawkes, who was accused of peeing on the floor of the nail salon, when Ashun entered the business and began attacking them.

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The altercation ended as police say Ashun grabbed a chair and hit one of the officers in the head with it. That officer fired six shots, killing Ashun. Ashun's family says he suffered from mental illness - but was never dangerous or out of control.

Many gathered at the vigil - expressing their disappointment at the way the situation was handled. They say the city failed Ashun - failed to provide proper resources and training to both him and the officer involved.

Now they're demanding a full investigation and transparency into the incident, and how it could've been de-escalated.

The officer involved in that shooting, Lesly Lafontant, was rushed to the hospital in critical but stable condition and was placed in a medically induced coma. Several days later, he is now back home with his family recovering.

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