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Kyle Henry, right, and his sister Amber, center, siblings of Danroy Henry, Jr., speak at a vigil for Danroy, Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, in Easton, Mass.. Henry of Easton, Mass., was killed hours after playing in Pace University's homecoming game, after a disturbance at a bar in Thornwood, N.Y., spilled into the parking lot where he was fatally shot by the police. At far left is Brandon Cox, the passenger in the vehicle when Henry was shot. AP Photo/Stew Milne)

EASTON (WBZ) — There was an overflow of tears as hundreds of mourners attended a candlelight vigil for Danroy Henry, the 20-year-old Easton native killed by police in New York early Sunday morning.

henry danroy Easton football player's family defends his name

Danroy Henry, 20, a student and football player at Pace University's Pleasantville campus who was shot and killed by local police. (AP Photo/Pace University,Handout)

“They need to turn around and take a look and see the pain they’re causing people,” said family friend Sonya Best. “We’re going to be hurting a long time. We can’t get back what’s gone.”

What happened in New York, they say, is not the Danny they know. For his brother, Kyle, and sister, Amber, it took all their strength to address the crowd.

Henry’s parents were too grief-stricken to attend. “We all know who he was, he’s not who they’re trying to make him out to be, not this family,” said Kyle Henry.

“He looked out for me, now it’s my turn to look out for him,” said Amber Henry.

They’re convinced there’s another side to the story of what happened during a brawl at a Mount Pleasant, New York club where the Pace University student was shot and killed by police in his car outside.

Henry’s best friend, Brandon Cox, was grazed by a bullet. “There was no need to have this happen. I feel we were victimized. My friend’s life was taken for no reason,” said Cox outside his family’s Easton home.

The vigil paid tribute to a young man with a winning smile, the football player so passionate about the game his high school team turned out for the ceremony.

Most of all they want answers. “You use deadly force to stop the car? Send a mass of bullet holes through the windshield? Come on,” said Greg Hill, a relative of Henry.

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