Family, friends attend vigil for autistic man shot, killed by Hays officer

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HAYS, Kan. (KAKE) -

Family and friends gathered Thursday evening to remember a man with autism who was shot and killed by a Hays police officer last week.

The incident happened August 18. Hays police said in a news release that Joey Weber, 36, was involved in a chase and was shot after allegedly ignoring the officer's commands.

Thursday night, with candles in hand, family and friends reflected on Joey's personality. 

"He didn't really talk a lot, but when he did he was an easy-going guy," Michael said. 

While those who knew Joey mourn the loss, many believe there needs to be a conversation started about how police officers respond to those with disabilities.

"There need to be real awareness for any law enforcement when they come across people with mental disabilities," said a man who attended the vigil.

Those who gathered Thursday said they'll remember Joey's infectious personality.

The organization Justice for Joey hosted the vigil.