Friends and family to hold vigil 1 year after teen died from police Taser


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MIAMI — 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.

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.

Police say Hernandez ran after they spotted him, ignored their orders to stop and was shocked once with the Taser in the chest. He later died at a hospital.

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