Unarmed and Gunned Down

A mother continues to fight for her son’s justice

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A portrait of Vershell Hall holding her son’s picture, Richard Tyson, a 20-year-old man gunned down by Inglewood Police on May 9, 2007.

Story and photos by Pablo Unzueta
Vershell Hall was given the opportunity to speak about her son’s death during a protest in Los Angeles, Calif. Aug. 17, 2014.

“I have this creativity surging through my veins. Once I make enough money, I want to get justice for my son.” Los Angeles, Calif. Aug. 30, 2014.
Vershell Hall looks out through her kitchen window for a moment. “My son was an artist. If he was still alive, he would have been well off.” Los Angeles, Calif. Aug. 30, 2014.
Vershell Hall keeps all of her sons death-related documents stored inside a pouch. It has been several years since she last opened it. Los Angeles, Calif. Aug. 30, 2014.
When Richard Ray tyson was killed, these were his only possessions: chapstick, toothpaste, an earring, and business cards. Los Angeles, Calif. August 30, 2014.

“The first two shots didn’t kill him, but I’m sure he felt like he was on fire, because I was told that’s what it feels like when you get shot,” Hall said.

Vershell Hall believes that one day she will gain justice for her son. Los Angeles, Calif. August 30, 2014.

Story and photos by Pablo Unzueta