Doves, balloons released to observe Marcus Golden's 25th birthday

Tuesday would have been Marcus Golden's 25th birthday, a man shot and killed by St. Paul police in the parking lot of an apartment building in January. Police said he drove at officers with his SUV, and at the end of May, a grand jury decided not to indict St. Paul officers Dan Peck and Jeremy Doverspike in his death.

On Tuesday evening, friends and family gathered at Elmherst Cemetery and released doves and balloons in Golden's honor. They also hold a memorial service on the 14th of each month to mark the day he was killed, Jan. 14.

Police said the officers were called to an apartment building on University Avenue on Jan. 14 on a report that Golden had been sending death threats over text messages to an ex-girlfriend. Golden was apparently in the driver's seat, parked facing the squad car at the Valley Hi-Rise. As officers approached the vehicle, they say Golden started speeding right at them, forcing them to shoot several times. He died at the scene.

Golden's mother: 'He would never intentionally hurt law enforcement'

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