Roy'ale Spencer's family demands answers about his death

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Family and friends of 9-year-old Roy'ale Spencer demand answers about how he was shot to death outside the Sedgwick County Courthouse Thursday morning, February 14, 2019. Family and friends of 9-year-old Roy'ale Spencer demand answers about how he was shot to death outside the Sedgwick County Courthouse Thursday morning, February 14, 2019.
Roy'ale Spencer was 9 years old when he died on January 21st, 2019.  Here, two family members hold pictures of him at a demonstration on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Roy'ale Spencer was 9 years old when he died on January 21st, 2019. Here, two family members hold pictures of him at a demonstration on Thursday, February 14, 2019.
Roy'ale Sopencer's mother, Geneva Smith, speaks with the head of courthouse security about where the demonstrators are allowed to stand on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Roy'ale Sopencer's mother, Geneva Smith, speaks with the head of courthouse security about where the demonstrators are allowed to stand on Thursday, February 14, 2019.
After about an hour, the demonstrators moved over to the grassy area in front of the wing where the district attorney's office is housed.  They shouted for Marc Bennett to release more information about Roy'ale's death. After about an hour, the demonstrators moved over to the grassy area in front of the wing where the district attorney's office is housed. They shouted for Marc Bennett to release more information about Roy'ale's death.
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

"My baby died January 21st," said Geneva Smith, standing outside the Sedgwick County Courthouse.  "No one has even went in for a simple child endangerment."

A Wichita family demands answers in the death of 9-year-old Roy'ale Spencer.  Police originally called it an accidental shooting.  Now, the family says they're not so sure.

They're hoping for more information as the police turn the investigation over to the district attorney.  But, they're not waiting quietly. 

"Marc Bennett... we need answers!  Detective Chisholm... we need answers!" 

They shouted repeatedly toward the 2nd floor windows of the courthouse, where the Sedgwick County District Attorney works. 

They made sure the district attorney and investigators heard their demands, shouting them from the sidewalk for more than two hours.

"We want the truth," said Smith.  "He was 9!"

"No justice, no peace!"

Some of the chanters began to lose their voices as the demonstration entered its second hour.  And grief surged to the surface at times, leaving demonstrators in tears.

Police originally said Roy'ale and an 11-year-old managed to get into a locked gun safe and started playing with a shotgun, leading to an accidental shooting.  But family and friends still grieving his loss say, they have their doubts.

"There's a shotgun, but no fingerprints," Smith said.  "You guys say you did chest compressions, but when the first responders get there the gun is laying still on top of my child.  How did you do chest compressions with a shotgun on him?"

"It's just things that the story does not add up," said Norris Guillot, Jr, a Civil Rights activist helping the family organize Thursday's demonstration.  "The child, the 11-year-old, disappeared for two hours.  Where was he at for two hours?  I mean, there is a lot of questions that need answers.  So we're here and we're determined to get those answers."

"Transparency!  Accountability!" shouted the growing crowd at times in a shout and response rhythm.

Roy'ale's mother feels police haven't been open with her about their investigation.

"I can't get a police report, an autopsy report.  I have nothing, not the 911 call, anything.  Everything has been kept from me," she said.

"We want to make sure if there is any injustice, that justice is brought to the family so this mother can move on with hope and healing, that she is getting the answers that she deserves," said Guillot.

These concerns led to Thursday's calls for more information.  Roy'ale's family believes there should be some sort of criminal charges for his death. The district attorney's office got the results of the police investigation Thursday afternoon. It could be days before the office announces any decisions in this case.

"We need the truth!" shouted one little boy fiercely, holding a sign overhead reading 'Your silence will not protect U.'   "We need... Roy'ale!"

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