PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Loved ones gathered Saturday night to honor the life of 17-year-old Quanice Hayes, who was killed in a confrontation with Portland Police on February 9.
Friends said Hayes was known as “Moose” and “Quan Quan.” They said they can’t make sense of the allegations against him.
Prayers and positive stories were shared among around 60 people who gathered Saturday night. People said he had aspirations of going to college, and even talked a friend out of dropping out of high school.
Police said the teen was the suspect involved in an armed robbery and break ins Thursday morning.
Hayes was shot by Officer Andrew Hearst, a 7-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau. Police determined that Hayes’ weapon recovered from the scene was a “realistic-looking replica firearm.”
Loved ones said he didn’t brandish the fake gun at police, but was trying to run away when he was killed. Even those who admit he may have been making bad decisions that day say he didn’t deserve to die for his mistakes.