Antwon Rose II, the 17-year-old teen who was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer last week, will be buried Monday (June 25). Grief-stricken family and friends, including his mother, Michelle Kenney, continue to share words and stories about the promising young man.
Rose, an honors student at Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, had many dreams for the future. His mother shared the teen’s plans with columnist Shaun King on Twitter, who tweeted it hours after Rose was remembered at a wake on Sunday.
“I can’t wait until the day when I can finally say I made it,” read the poignant message. “It’s not gonna be the day when I get into college nor is it gonna be the day when I buy my first house. It’s not gonna be the day when I see 7 digits before the decimal in my bank account. It’s definitely not gonna be when I marry the girl of my dreams and IK [I know] she’s out there. Nah it’s not going to be any of those days. It’s going to be the day when I can move my mom out of the hood and buy her a nice house on the hills because she goes to hell and back for me and deserves it.”
Rose was fatally shot three times in his back by an East Pittsburgh police officer while running away from a car during a traffic stop on Tuesday, June 19. A video taken by a witness showed the young man being shot without warning after the car was pulled over because police thought it matched the description in a nearby shooting.
The police officer who killed Rose was identified as Michael Rosfeld, 30, who had been sworn in only hours before he took the young man’s life. Rosfeld previously worked at the University of Pittsburgh Police Department but was fired in January. He had a record of reportedly falsifying reports and acting violently. Yet, he was hired by East Pittsburgh police in May. Rosfeld has been placed on paid leave after killing Rose, and an investigation was opened by the Allegheny County Homicide division, WTAE Pittsburgh reported.
Rose’s family will demand that law enforcement seek criminal charges against Rosfeld, according to their attorney Lee Merritt. “The family hopes [Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala] will conduct a fair and thorough investigation leading to criminal charges, but they feel there will be a bias with the DA’s office, and the investigation will be better handled by state or federal law officials,” Merritt said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Protests for Rose will resume Tuesday after the funeral, which also is on the same day as what would have been Tamir Rice‘s 16th birthday.