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‘Police haven’t contacted us’: family of man killed by officer

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Earlier this week 26-year-old Shaquille Kelly was shot and killed after a chase with police.

But his family says they’re shocked that no one from the police department has contacted them.

“It’s a mother’s worst nightmare. The pain, the pain, the pain, that’s all you can see is the pain,” Deborah Kelly says.

Kelly is so wracked with grief, she can barely speak.

Her youngest child and only son, 26-year-old Shaquille “Shaun” Kelly, is believed to have been shot and killed by a Fort Wayne police officer after a pursuit Wednesday morning that ended after Kelly crashed into a vacant home.

She says doesn’t know why he didn’t pull over when police tried to stop him when they saw him in the area where shots had been fired.

But what’s really causing pain is that she says she hasn’t heard a thing from police about what happened.

“Just be honest, tell me what happened to my baby. That’s it.,” she says.

“Nobody has reached out to us. Nobody at all,” Melina Dominquez says.

Dominquez met Kelly in high school — they now have three small children.

“I don’t know, still, yet what happened to the father of my kids… Nobody has told us what’s going on. Nobody has let us know what has really happened. The only information I’m hearing is from other people,” Dominquez says.

She doesn’t know why the man she calls the love of her life wouldn’t have stopped for the officers trying to pull him over.

“He lived for his kids. He would never do anything to put himself in danger or anybody else in danger, for that matter. He was a very loved person,” she says.

His family describes Kelly as a big guy with a big personality and an even bigger appetite.

But they say what defined him most of all was his big heart.

“He was known for taking younger guys under his wing and trying to get them into working. He worked from the moment that I got pregnant with our first child, he had a job. And he worked day in, day, night, for his children,” Dominquez says.

Police leaders say they don’t yet know what prompted an officer to fire a shot at Kelly.

“I just don’t want it to get swept under the rug. I don’t want it to get forgotten, I don’t want him to be forgotten. He wasn’t just a nobody, he was a somebody,” Dominquez says.

Police have not confirmed whether Kelly had — or showed — a weapon to officers at any time during or after the pursuit and crash.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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