WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of friends and relatives gathered to say goodbye to a 17-year-old girl shot to death by Denver police officers, recalling her big heart.
Mourners filled the pews at Saturday’s funeral for Jessica Hernandez at a church in a suburb north of Denver near where she grew up.
Police say Hernandez was shot Jan. 26 after she drove a stolen car toward an officer in a residential alley in Denver. A passenger in the car disputes the police account and says officers fired first.
The shooting sparked protests and demands for an outside prosecutor to investigate what happened.
Friends say Hernandez was an outgoing high school student who sought to help others. Many in attendance had never met her but wanted to support her family.