Vigil honors 25-year-old accountant shot by US Park Police

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family, friends, and other loved ones of 25-year-old Bijan Ghaisar gathered on Thursday night to honor his life.

Hundreds gathered outside the Lincoln Memorial, one of Bijan's "favorite places in the world."

Ghaisar died days after he was shot by U.S. Park Police, according to the FBI, who took the lead in the investigation following the November 17th shooting.

"This vigil is to be a peaceful moment of unity for all who love Bijan and our community, who value human life, and who wish to remember his legacy, to join in a moment of togetherness, poetry, and peace," the Facebook post about the event read. "This is not a protest or a march - please come in peace, as Bijan would."

The post also said, "His family has not received any information or details of the case surrounding their son's death, including the names of the Park Police Officers who were involved, though no reasoning could possibly justify the actions of those involved in this unthinkable act."

According to U.S. Park Police, back on November 17th, officers shot Ghaisar in the area of Fort Hunt Road and Alexandria Avenue in Fairfax County around 7:42 p.m.

It's unclear how many officers fired shots.

He died at the hospital days later.

The FBI says Ghaisar was behind the wheel of a jeep wanted in connection to a hit-and-run crash that happened southbound on George Washington Memorial Parkway at Slaters Lane.

Officers attempted to stop the car involved, however, the driver led U.S. Park Police officers on a chase that ended at Fort Hund Road and Alexandria Avenue.

Fairfax County Police assisted officers with the pursuit.

On Monday, Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said one of his officers providing back-up during the pursuit had his in-car video camera recording throughout the entire event, which he turned over to the FBI to assist with their investigation.

Out of an abundance of caution, he ordered his officers to follow the officer-involved shooting policies for Fairfax County, but he says at no time did any officer deploy deadly force.

"When the in-car video is no longer needed for officer interviews and will not interfere with the investigation, I strongly recommend that it be released to the community," Chief Roessler said during Monday's press conference. "The in-car video should not be held until the conclusion of the FBI's investigation, which could potentially take many more months or more."

Leesburg Attorney Charles Helein released a statement from Ghaisar's family which said he was unarmed and shot in the head three times.

It stated that he was a 2010 graduate of Langley High School in McLean, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 with a B.S. in Accounting, and he went on to work as an Accountant.

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