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Vigil for teen shot by police

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate why police officer Terrance Shaw shot Justin Thompson, 15.

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While police put the puzzle pieces together, family and friends of Thompson are coming together to remember him. The family held a vigil Friday night where Thompson was shot, near the intersection of Jenkins Street and Wooddale Avenue.

Calls of "Justice for Justice" were heard at the vigil. Many who spoke say Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and the police department are covering up the truth. One woman said at the vigil that they do not need city hall to find the answers, that God would find the answers.

Shirley Thompson, Justin's mother, says she's staying strong for the rest of her children despite not having any answers in her son's death. She credits her strength to one person.

"Justin. He's keeping me motivated, and I'm not going to stop until justice is done. I'm fighting," says Thompson. She says if she could say one last thing to Justin, she'd tell him, "I love you Justin and mom is going to find you justice. That's what he'd want."

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The shooting prompted a press conference by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton where he said there's been a rise in recent "alleged misconduct" in the Memphis Police Department.

Police are also investigating whether Thompson tried to rob Shaw before he was shot and if Shaw and Thompson knew each other.

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