Family, friends share hugs and tears at vigil held for Caleb Surface

FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Family and friends of Caleb Surface shared tears and hugs Friday evening at a vigil held for the Fairfield man.

A police officer shot and killed Surface nearly one week ago . Loved ones of the 23-year-old said he's gone too soon.

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The crowd of people with candles grew quickly once the vigil began. Surface's uncle, Dan Newman, was uncertain who organized the vigil, but he was very grateful.

"I'd like to thank everybody coming," he said. "As we honor Caleb Surface, who is near and dear to may of us, or we wouldn't be out in this cold to remember his life." 

On the evening before Surface was killed, he left his home after an argument with his father, who called police about his troubled son.

When he talked to police, Jeff told them his son was suicidal but not armed. Officers found Surface shortly after, thought otherwise and fired the deadly shot.

Surface's friend said, "I loved him, I love him now. I'll miss him everyday."

At the vigil was neighbor Debra Kittrel, who saw Surface moments before he died.

"I just wanted to let this family know that my heart is as broken as yours," she said. "I have a 22-year-old son who has struggled with many of the same things Caleb has struggled with."

Cousin Edward Kathman spoke for the family and said Surface may have had some issues, but he was a good man.

WCPO reporter Natasha Williams contributed to this report.

 

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