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Tamir Rice's mother describes horror of losing her son

Samaria Rice recounts learning of son's death
Posted at 9:37 AM, Dec 16, 2014

Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, shared what it was like to live through an experience she says no parent ever should have to face.

Rice told the Associated Press "I was just a little bit in disbelief, like no, not my son. And when I arrived on the scene, I see my son laying there."

It's been more than three weeks since 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by Cleveland Police after someone called 911 with a report that he had a gun near the Cudell Rec Center.

Police say they told the boy to raise his hands and he didn't. Rice says her 12-year-old son was never given a chance to follow officers' orders. "My son was a baby, you know, innocent, too young to even understand what's going on."

Rice said in an interview at the AP offices in New York that when she got to the scene, her 16-year-old son was being held against the police car, her 14-year-old daughter was in the back of the cruiser and she could not get close to her son.

"I'm trying to get to him. And they're pushing me back telling me to 'chill out' or they're going put me in the back of the police car."

Rice said she wants the officer Timothy Loehmann charged with murder and authorities to train officers better so that no parent has to deal with the pain of losing a child.