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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV/WECT) – It's been more than a year since a 16-year-old Charlotte girl was killed while visiting family in Columbus County.
Now, family and friends of Jasmine Thar are renewing their efforts to get justice for the teen.
James Anthony Blackwell from Chadbourn says he was cleaning his gun when he shot Thar in 2011.
That shooting was ruled accidental, but Thar's family thinks otherwise.
A rally was held in the sanctuary at New Foundations Church in South Charlotte Saturday, but it was no ordinary service.
"We're opening up our doors to support to try to bring forth some justice and some clarity and some healing for the Thar family," said Pastor Sam Waggoner of the church.
The Thar family met with the Columbus County District Attorney last April. They say they understand the investigation takes time, but they are pressing for answers.
Civil rights activist John Barnett says they will continue to hold rallies, and are planning a march in Chadbourn in the near future on the street where jasmine lost her life.
"It's a good way to keep it in the public eye and let people know we're not going to give up," he said. "But it's also a sign to the D.A.s and other individuals who are over this case and have the power to give us justice in this case; it's also a reminder to them that we haven't given up."
Jasmine Thar's family had asked Rev. Al Sharpton to attend Saturday's rally, hoping to bring this case to the national level.