The parents of Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old who was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday, spoke to Good Morning America on Tuesday morning to express their grief.
Katie and Aubrey Wright were joined by their attorneys Ben Crump and Jeff Storms when they spoke to ABC News' Robin Roberts.
Mr. Wright said "I lost my son, he's never coming back." He went on to say "I can't accept that—a mistake, that doesn't even sound right," he added. "This officer has been on the force for 26 years. I can't accept that."
Mrs. Wright said that her son phoned him when he was stopped by officers, and overhead his interaction with the police.
"Daunte said, 'For what, am I in trouble?' I heard the phone getting put down pretty hard," she said. "And then I heard scuffling and the girl that was with him screaming, and I heard an officer ask for them to hang up the phone and then I didn't hear anything else."
"I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver's seat unresponsive," Mrs. Wright said.
"And then I heard an officer ask her to hang up the phone again and then after that, that's the last time I've seen my son. I haven't seen him since."
"I know my son was scared. He's afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice," she said. "But I don't know why and it should have never escalated the way it did." Mrs. Wright said that her son was "an amazing, loving kid" who "had a big heart," "bright" smile and "loved basketball."
"He had a 2-year-old son that's not going to be able to play basketball with him. He had sisters and brothers that he loved so much," Mrs. Wright said. "He just had his whole life taken away from him. We had our hearts pulled out of our chests. He was my baby." The Wright's said that they want to see "justice served" and the officer who shot their son "held accountable for everything that she's taken from us."
They also expressed their interest that any protests be peaceful. "I want to say thank you so much for the support and standing by us," Mrs. Wright said, "and making sure that my son's name doesn't get swept under the rug."
Daunte Wright was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Sunday. His death sparked protests and riots, as well as looting and vandalism. President Joe Biden called for a "full investigation" into Wright's death.
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