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Friends and Family Mark 1-Year Anniversary of Israel “Reefa” Hernandez's Death With Vigil

Friends and family of a teen who died after Miami Beach police tasered him are commemorating the anniversary of Israel "Reefa" Hernandez's death with film, music and poetry.
The event Wednesday evening will start at the abandoned restaurant where police say they caught the 18-year-old spraying graffiti and will culminate at the North Beach band shell, where a documentary on Hernandez's case will be shown. Musicians and other artists will also perform.

Police have said Hernandez ran after they spotted him spray-painting the wall of a fast-food restaurant last August. They say he ignored their orders to stop and was shocked once with the Taser in the chest. He later died at a hospital.
In March, the medical examiner confirmed the Taser was the cause of Hernandez's death. His relatives want police and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle to discipline the officers involved.

The state attorney's office released a statement in March saying they're still reviewing the circumstances surrounding Hernandez's death.

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