FORT MYERS, Fla. - Outside the parking lot where police got into a gunfight with Starling Javier, sits a memorial. Friends and family members held candle light vigils at the spot this week. Burial services were held Wednesday night.
But for people who live in the area, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Jesula Fenelon wonders if deadly force was necessary.
"It was sad, it was real sad, said Fenelon, "they could have have justice just by arresting him, they didn't have to shoot him."
Fort Myers Police say the 21-year-old fired at them first as he was running away. FDLE is now investigating the shooting. Neither department will release the names of the two officers placed on administrative leave.
Shanice Giles says the shooting has been the "talk of the town." She lives in the apartment complex where Javier was killed. She says she doesn't expect answers anytime soon.
"I just think it's gonna be awhile, but justice will be served," said Giles.
Family members say they're trying to stay strong during this tough time. They've hired an attorney and are considering hiring an independent investigator to examine Javier's body.
Fort Myers Police are asking for patience as the investigation continues. It could take a couple months before FDLE wraps up its investigation.