In November 2014, Akai Gurley was shot and killed by a rookie police officer in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project. As the officer's trial begins, Gurley’s family and friends tell BuzzFeed News the definitive story of the man they lost.
It's not unusual to find personal meaning in a stranger's tragedy. But would you buy a T-shirt or get a tattoo memorializing a child you've never met? Meet the well-meaning, sometimes obsessive followers who have, and the parents living through their deceased child's online afterlife.