“I know I can no longer be beside him in this life’s journey, but every morning I consider my soul to be blessed just with the little time that I got,” Misha Brown said about her first cousin and close friend VonDerrit Myers Jr.

She was among the friends, family, attorneys and the protest community who came together to commemorate the first anniversary of his death.

A crowd of about 200 gathered to light candles and lift balloons to heaven at the spot where the 18 year-old’s life came to an end on the corner of Shaw and Klemm in South St. Louis at the hands of off-duty St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer Jason Flanery...

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