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Family identifies body of Bronx teen killed by NYPD officer

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The body of the Bronx teen who was fatally shot by NYPD officers last week was identified by his family Sunday, their attorney said.

Memorial plans for Ramarley Graham, 18, were still being worked out, said attorney Jeffrey Emlin.

"Right now there are so many unanswered questions," Emlin said. "We are in the process of conducting our own investigation."

Graham's death Thursday sparked outrage from community groups and city officials who said police needlessly killed him -- especially since he was unarmed.

According to the NYPD, a street narcotics team spotted Graham on White Plains Road and 228th Street thinking he was armed. They chased him to his home on East 229th Street in the Wakefield section of the Bronx.

Video surveillance of the home shows police attempting to force open the door. Graham was found in the bathroom of the second-floor apartment, reportedly trying to flush marijuana down a toilet, when cops eventually shot him.

Police did not have a search warrant, according to the family's attorney.

Officer Richard Haste, who shot Graham, and Sgt. Scott Morris, who was on the scene during the shooting, have been put on interim desk duty during the investigation, police said.

Over the weekend, Bronx residents rallied in protest of the shooting and a collection was started to help the family cover the cost of the funeral. Singer Roberta Flack donated $500.

It was also reported that Graham's grandmother, Patricia Hartley, who was a witness to the incident, was held in police custody against her will for several hours. A police spokesman told The New York Times she had been held for five-and-a-half hours, but had been "cooperative."

Emlin said Sunday the family continues to grieve: "To hear 'I'm sorry, this was a terrible tragedy and a mistake on our part' [from the police] would be nice," he added.

The NYPD did not immediately return a request for comment.

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