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Family of Beloit man killed in officer involved shooting speaks out

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A grieving family takes to the streets in Beloit, protesting the officer involved shooting of Darrius Lowery-Baptiste.

His loved ones shared their memories for the first time since his death.

On June 11th, During a traffic stop, three Beloit police officers say Lowery-Baptiste attempted to ram one of them with his car. The officers opened fire, killing him.

Lowery-Baptiste was wanted in connection with a shooting investigation, which is why he was pulled over the day he was fatally shot.

His family admits, Lowery-Baptiste was not perfect, and he event spent some time in jail, but they say he was working to improve his life.

Deon Lowrey, Darrius Lowery-Baptiste's brother says, "When you're incarcerated, isn't it to rehabilitate you and show you how to make better decisions? From the day he came home everything was a better decision. I could tell my brother was a better man. Not just 'I've been to jail I have to do this right.' No. 'I want to do this right because I have a little girl'."

Lowery Baptiste leaves behind his girlfriend Shawnna Meinen and their 4 year old daughter desire.

"Even though we lost her dad, we have a part of him right here and she's gonna be something," says Meinen.

They weren't the only ones who looked up to Lowery-Baptiste. His 14 year old nephew Anthony Lowery says he will try to carry on his uncle's memory by someday going to college. "My uncle made me strive to do better. He always told me 'Stay in school, do sports.' He encouraged me and was a positive influence instead of negative."

Nearly 50 community members turned out for memorial walk, which began at New Life Ministries Church, and ended at Summit Park.

For Lowery-Baptiste's family, this walk is about remembering a loved one. But it's also about building a stronger, safer community.

Pastor Deloyde Sanders helped lead the march. He spoke to the crowd, encouraging them to take an active role in crime prevention. "It's important that we work together, together we stand united we fall," says Sanders.

After investigating the shooting, the Rock County State's Attorney determined the three officers involved in did nothing wrong. The statement says Lowery-Baptiste was killed as a result of his own actions.

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