Antonio Martin’s family was in shock Wednesday as more details emerged about the fatal shooting by a Berkeley police officer of the 18-year-old they described as a nonviolent person.
“This doesn’t make any sense for them to kill my son like this,” Toni Martin-Green said early Wednesday in an interview at her home near the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. “I am trying to be calm.”
She said initial video provided by police didn’t offer enough information to answer her questions. It appears to show Martin pointing a gun at a police officer seconds before the officer fatally shot him.
Martin-Green, who is married to Antonio’s stepfather, Jerome Green, said Antonio was the oldest of their four children.
“He’s like any other kid who had dreams or hopes,” said Green. “We loved being around him. He’d push a smile out of you.”
*Originally published on St. Louis Today.