CHARLOTTE, N.C.–The family of Jonathan Ferrell emerged from CMPD Headquarters in Uptown Charlotte Monday afternoon following a closed door meeting with Chief Rodney Monroe for less than an hour. Chris Chestnut, the Ferrell family’s attorney says they told the chief they appreciated the voluntary manslaughter charges filed against Officer Randall Kerrick. “There’s just no explanation, no rationalization, no justification for this senseless act,”Chestnut.
At a news conference earlier Monday, Ferrell’s brother, Willie, fought back tears. “It hurts me and I have to think about it every night that I don’t have my brother to call and talk to,” Willie said.
Ferrell’s mother, Georgia, clutched her son’s favorite childhood toy. She says she feels numb. The “Winnie the Pooh” bear was supposed to be a gift to Jonathan’s first born. One of the memories of the 24 year old former FAMU football star. his family, left with his trophies, medals and photos of the fiance he was getting ready to marry. Keepsakes of a life they say was destined for success.
But, as Ferrell’s mother gets ready to bury him, she has a message for the officer who took his life.
“You took a piece out of my heart that cannot be put back but I do forgive you. I truly forgive you,” said Georgia Ferrell.
Chestnut said the Ferrell family has not yet made a decision about filing a lawsuit.