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CINCINNATI - Friends and family from around the Tri-State held a vigil for Everette Howard, 18, the young man who died after a Taser was used on him outside the University of Cincinnati one year ago on Aug. 6.

Howard's mother was overwhelmed with the vigil's turnout.

"I know in my heart like everyone else around here that my son was a good person, he was a leader, he wasn't a troublemaker, he was a good guy," she said.

"Makes me feel good to have my friends and family here and everyone to support us through this hard time; it really has been a rough year," said his father Everette Howard, Sr.

According to police, officers responded to a report of a fight when the incident happened. Police said Howard continued to approach officers even though he was warned that they would use a Taser on him.

"We filed a lawsuit, the university has received it," said the Howard family's lawyer Al Gerhardstein.

"We'll never be able to celebrate him going to college, we'll never be able to celebrate him graduating. We'll never be able to see him get married," Howard's grandmother Dorothy McGee said.

Friend Nefertiti Robinson just remembers what kind of man he was.

"As soon as he saw me, he'd just open his arms and give me a great big hug," she said. "He was very loving, and caring and everything."

The family filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the officer involved in this case.

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