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Joseph Weber

Photo of Joey Weber. He is standing outdoors near a pond, holding a fishing rod with a fish hanging from it. Joey is a young man with short brown hair and fair skin, wearing a T-shirt and jeans.Name: Joseph Nathaniel "Joey" Weber.
Died: August 18, 2016.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Police shooting.
Location: Hays, Kansas, USA.

Details:
Joey Weber was an active member of his community. He was a church member and in the Knights of Columbus. Along with other people in New Age Services, a social group for people with disabilities, he worked at Joe Bob Outfitters.

Joey had a driver's license and was out driving one day. He probably broke a traffic rule, because the police tried to stop him. But being stopped by the police was an unfamiliar situation Joey did not know how to handle. Luckily, he was on the same street as the New Age Services building. Confused and having trouble communicating, Joey drove down the street and toward the New Age Services building, where he knew he could get help.

However, police saw only a man who was refusing to obey their commands and driving away from their officers. They called for backup. When Joey arrived at the building and got out of his car, they shot him. At the time, Joey Weber was probably upset and confused, but he was unarmed.

His friends held a candlelight vigil for him. It was attended by over 100 people from his community.

References:
Cops Kill Speech Impaired Autistic Man Trying to Find Safety in Home for People with Disabilities
Thursday night vigil held in Hays for Weber peaceful, respectful
Tags: adult, location: usa, police
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