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Community groups celebrate birthday of teen killed by police

People attending what they called the "Antwon Rose II 1st Annual Community Day" pose for pictures in front of the event banner as they gather to celebrate the birthday of Antwon Rose Jr. on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Hawkins Village in Rankin, Pa. Rose was fatally shot by a police officer seconds after he fled a traffic stop June 19, in the nearby suburb of East Pittsburgh. East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld has been charged with criminal homicide in Rose's death. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Community groups are celebrating what would have been the 18th birthday of an unarmed black teenager shot in the back by a white Pennsylvania police officer while fleeing a traffic stop.

Antwon Rose Jr.’s relatives on Thursday set up a memorial to him including his writings, a guitar, a skateboard and other personal belongings at an event outside Pittsburgh. Rose was fatally shot June 19, sparking protests in the black community.

East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld has been charged with criminal homicide. Investigators say he gave inconsistent statements about whether he saw a weapon. Witnesses and video captured by bystanders show Rose was unarmed.

Rose’s family has asked protesters to not attend the event, which is focused on celebrating Rose and giving supplies to needy children.

Rosfeld’s attorney has said he believes the shooting was justified.

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