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Amid grief, those attending vigil for Anthony Lamar Smith promise protests if no guilty verdict

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Tonight family and friends gathered for a vigil honoring Anthony Lamar Smith.  The 24-year-old was shot and killed by former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley.

Family and friends are waiting for what St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson will decide to either convict Stockley of first degree murder or find him not guilty.

Tonight their anticipation was on display as they came together in Anthony's name; from prayers to a promise of protests.

A crowd stood at the corner of Acme and West Florissant in north St. Louis Monday night and Smith’s mother joined them.

"No, I'm not crying. I've cried for 6 years, it's time to fight back," Annie Smith said. "If I don't get no justice I could never be at peace with the law has done to my child."

Prosecutors say Stockley shot smith five times at close range before planting a gun in his car. The defense argues Stockley was acting in self-defense, killing a drug suspect he believed was reaching for a firearm.

Family members are unhappy over how long it's taking the judge to issue a verdict. No matter the outcome of the case, some St. Louisans hope to see systematic change that will help bring an end to the issue altogether.

The city's taken measures in case of protests, setting up barricades outside both courthouses as well as police headquarters.

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