Kansas City, Missouri 2021-10-20 22:18:00 –
Kansas City, Missouri (KCTV)-Family and friends are preparing to present a mural of Ryan Stokes this Saturday.
A 24-year-old Stokes was shot dead while a Kansas City police officer was chasing his foot. His family filed an illegal death proceeding.
The Ryan Stokes family will hold a ribbon-cut ceremony for the Ryan Stokes Memorial Basketball Court from 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, October 23, at Harris Park and Wayne in Kansas City, Missouri.
Stokes was shot dead in 2013 after being falsely accused of stealing his cell phone. His family believes the shooting was not justified. The judge determined that the police officers involved were exempt. Family civil lawsuits are underway.
“Ryan shouldn’t have been killed,” said his mother, Naren Stokes.
The family retains memory while they wait for the civil proceedings to pass the court system. Murals make sense for Narene Stokes. She says she is grateful to the artists who created it, including Yup Yup Design, Phil “Sike Style” Shafer from Sike Style Industries, Sam Yates, and Christopher Harris, the founder of Harris Park.
“He gave us the honor and respect to dedicate a basketball court to Ryan because he loved Ryan,” said Naren Stokes. “He was an avid basketball player. He loved basketball.”
According to Stokes, the court to be announced was one of the first courts Stokes played as a child.
“Family, friends, and the community get together to actually do something good,” said Narene Stokes. “This is not a rally or protest. This is a celebration in honor of Ryan.”
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