Patrick Lyoya was turning around his life before police officer killed him

Patrick Lyoya Shooting
The moment Patrick was shot dead (image credit : YouTube)

source: Michigan Live
published: 19 May 2022

Patrick Lyoya was the first-born son. In his refugee family from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the role seemed to weigh on him. Lyoya even reflected upon it in a 2020 Facebook post, saying that “I’m the first son and I usually (mess) it up but this year I’m trying pop.” He wrote he hoped to do better in life.

The life of the 26-year-old, a father of two young children, came to a tragic end April 4 during a struggle with a Grand Rapids police officer. The killing of Lyoya and the subsequent release of videos showing the encounter attracted national [and international] attention.

In trying to develop a profile of Lyoya’s life prior to his final moments, MLive/The Grand Rapids Press talked to multiple people who knew him and reviewed public documents. The findings paint the picture of a complicated life, one that featured time in a refugee camp, run-ins with the legal system and a desire to help others, especially family members.

Related: Officer Christopher Schurr went from college athlete to cop before killing Patrick Lyoya

Civil rights leaders say the police officer resorted to deadly force without need and that he should be charged with a crime and fired.

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