Hundreds Gather to Mourn 20-Year-Old Man Killed in Long Beach Police Shooting

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There were some smiles and laughter as friends recounted memories of Feras Morad during a candlelight vigil in his memory at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills on June 3, 2015. Morad, 20, was shot and killed by Long Beach Police on May 27. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Feras Morad’s little sister used to stumble in public speaking situations — her face would redden and her speech would falter.

Her brother, who qualified for the national speech and debate championships when he was a senior at El Camino Real Charter High School, used to urge his sister to take classes to overcome her fear.

Ghada Morad, 16, listened and joined the speech and debate team, just like her big brother.

It paid dividends Wednesday night, when she spoke confidently and clearly at a park in Woodland Hills to a crowd of more than 400 people who had gathered to remember her brother, who was killed last week in a bizarre confrontation with Long Beach police.

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