It's been 19 months since Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer. Today (Saturday) would have been his 14th birthday.
June 25, 2015, was the vigil for Tamir Rice's 13th birthday. At that point, the family was hopeful for an indictment on the officers involved in the November 2014 shooting. That didn't happen, and the family feels their story and their fight has faded away,
"I want to make sure people remember my son and make sure I'm still seeking justice for him," said Tamir's mom Samaria.
The families petition calling on the DOJ to launch an investigation garnered more than 70,000 signatures and raised more than $6,000. The family used that money to put up a billboard on I-480 West off the West 150th Street exit.
"On the billboard, one of the little quotes says the fight continues and I am definitely continuing to seek a federal indictment from the Department of Justice," said Samaria.
The month-long billboard campaign ended this week. Meanwhile, the family watched another campaign take place.
"That was amazing to see all the people in the city, I'm a little concerned though. I'm like, where did everybody come from? If you guys can come together like that (for a championship) then you should come together for police brutality or any other harsh crimes committed against American citizens," Samaria added.
"At this point there hasn't been any indictment on any of these cases and I'm not understanding what is going on? I just recently seen Freddie Gray, no indictment. What is the probable cause for him? He was just riding his bike, I don't understand how he's dead right now."
She says she wanted to have that billboard up during the Republican National Convention, but those billboards were all sold out. She's working on establishing a Tamir Rice Foundation and hopes to have it launch this November, just in time for the two-year anniversary of his death.
This year, the family plans to have the moment to themselves.
"His birthday is always going to be tough for me because Tamir would have gotten older," said Samaria. "I don't even know what he would look like as a teenager, as a young man and as a grown man, so it is very hard for me, it is. I will always have the memory of him as a little boy that we see."