Roupe family to hold candlelight vigil
by Jason Lowrey
Mar 01, 2014 | 3277 views | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The family of Christopher Roupe, a 17-year-old who was killed in an officer-involved shooting, is planning to hold a candlelight vigil in his honor today.

According to Martha Hines, Roupe’s grandmother, the family will hold the vigil from 7 to 8 p.m. at 937 Euharlee Road, Lot 5, Euharlee. The address is where Roupe was killed by a Euharlee police officer during the serving of a warrant the night of Friday, Feb. 14.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in the same night to investigate the shooting and is still continuing its investigation.

Cole Law, the attorney representing the family, said his clients had no statement to make, yet, when he was reached for comment.

“They just had the funeral last Friday and they’re still kind of in a state of shock and grief,” Law said. “So they’re not really — I’ve been kind of back off of them for a few days and let them have some peace and quiet.”

Rumors have swirled around what Roupe may have been holding when he answered the door that night, with many saying he was holding a Nintendo Wii controller remote. The GBI, in two statements, said Roupe was holding a handgun of some sort, though the bureau could not specify what type of handgun it was. Law said, to his knowledge, no firearms were in the residence.

“To my knowledge there were no firearms in the residence. We have pretty good information that the toy guns were not seized and that there were no firearms, no weapons at all seized. No firearms and toy guns were not seized,” he said.

In response to confusion over Roupe taking part in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps or Reserve Officer Training Corps classes while at school, Law clarified where the classes were taken, as the family had moved a number of times.

“He started JROTC in Cass Middle and they [swung] down to Putnam County for a while and was in ROTC, or JROTC, I’m not sure what the difference is down there,” Law said.

As for whether the family plans to take legal action, Law said everyone was waiting for the GBI report.

“We don’t know yet because what we’ve been told is that the GBI was going to make a statement last week, and then what we’ve heard is they’re not going to make a statement and they’re going to hand it over to the [district attorney], so I think we kind of just need to sit back and see what the investigation reveals. We don’t know all the facts yet,” he said.