Family and friends hold candlelight vigil for break-in suspect shot & killed by officer

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) Loved ones are remembering a man shot and killed by an eastern Carolina police officer during a suspected home break-in.

Greenville Police and the SBI are investigating the officer involved shooting that killed Sean Rambert early Tuesday.

Wednesday evening friends and family members gathered for a candlelight vigil in his memory.

Folks say they were shocked to hear of Rambert's death and are still waiting to learn more details from police about what happened, but they are remembering him as a smart, loving person who they say was not violent.

Rambert's cousin Rasheeda Rambert says, "You would not think that this would happen to him, like he would not have been, he didn't live a life of crime."

Friend Justin Storey says, "Sean was not a criminal, you know, he was going through some things."

Sean Rambert's brother tells WITN that the 23-year-old suffered from schizophrenia.

Other family members say he was kind, intelligent and a gifted musician.

Cousin Fred Rambert says, "He made terrific music, terrific brother, terrific cousin."

Kaleel Chesson came from Raleigh to be at the vigil for a friend whom he bonded with over a love of music.

Chesson says, "Me paying my respects to him is the best thing that I can do from him helping me as an individual."

Many, like Rambert's cousins Rasheeda Rambert and Destini Cox are still hoping for answers in his death.

Greenville Police say Rambert was in the street and they believe he was the suspect of a home break-in.

Officers say he didn't follow commands and a violent struggle ensued before he was shot.

Cox says, "He will be missed."

Greenville Police are continuing to investigate the breaking and entering in this case, but the shooting investigation has been turned over to the SBI, as is standard protocol for officer involved shootings.

The name of the officer in this case has not been released.