Bridgeview teen's memorial marred by planning problems

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A family is fighting for answers days after a loved one died outside a Charleston apartment complex. But another family member got into a scuffle as the community tried to hold a memorial.

Friends and family of 19-year-old Denzel Curnell gathered at Brittlebank Park across the street from the Charleston Police Department in the teen's memory only to find out the did not have permission to be there.

The Curnell family has endured a lot in the week since Denzel Curnell's death as they wait for details surrounding the incident.

And then a service meant to remember the teen was scaled back. The plan was to march in honor of Curnell, but that plan quickly got pushed out when the group found it didn't have the proper paperwork.

Elder James Johnson of Tri-County National Action Network had to deliver the bad news.

"We thought police would get involved, so we sent out an alert through email and social media this event was canceled," he said.

But the message did not spread wide enough fast enough, so people still angry and looking for answers, showed up at the park to be even more upset by the news -- they couldn't have the event they had planned.

"If there is a time limit for everything else, then why isn't there a time limit for that?" asked one angry person.

"Listen, if I could give you that answer I would answer it," said Johnson.

The community still has a long list of questions about the shooting death of Curnell. Most importantly is the question of how the teen died. Charleston police say the officer at the scene at the time of the shooting did not fire his weapon.

But that's not enough for the Bridgeview community and members of the NAACP. They're calling for more answers. The solidarity is giving rise to a glimmer of hope, too.

"I am so proud of our community. we should all hug ourselves for coming together and not being silent," said one person.

They're still waiting for justice, but in the end they came together for a short prayer, remembering their fallen friend.

"We all want is justice, but tonight all we want is remembrance, happy thoughts and happy moments," said Courtney Jenkins.

A wake has been planned for Curnell on Friday. The funeral is Saturday.

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