Sister of man killed by police: 'They didn't have to kill him'

Sister of man killed by police: 'They didn't have to kill him'
Family members say there was nothing out of the ordinary about Marcus-David Peters. (Source: NBC12)
Marcus-David Peters was shot and killed by police. (Source: Anthony Jones)
Marcus-David Peters was shot and killed by police. (Source: Anthony Jones)

MIDDLESEX, VA (WWBT) - The sister and cousins of the man killed by police on I-95 on Monday spoke about their loved one, Marcus-David Peters, who they referred to as "poppy" on Thursday.

Princess Blanding is Peters' older sister. She said Peters was the one of 12 siblings; Peters was the youngest boy.

Blanding is a school administrator at Essex High School, where Peters was a biology teacher.

According to Blanding there was nothing out of the ordinary that would lead her to believe that her brother would end up in this situation. He taught that day at school and was there until around 4 p.m.

She says she went to look for him at the end of the school day; Peters was supposed to file a report, but she couldn't find him.

Blanding said she eventually got a text message from Peters' girlfriend who he lives with and who she is extremely close to. The text said Peters stopped at home and was headed to a meeting at his second job, The Jefferson in Richmond. He worked security there part-time since becoming a biology teacher.

Friends: Peters was 'one the most caring and selfless people you'd ever meet'

Blanding said Peters' girlfriend was expecting him back home soon because he would be driving her to return a text book. She never saw her boyfriend again.

"What I will say is there was nothing that would lead me to believe that we'd be where we are right now," Blanding said.

Blanding read a statement about her brother through tears:

I am the proud sister of Marcus David Lamar Peters. On May 14, 2018, Marcus was shot and killed by a Richmond city police officer. Marcus was a very well spoken, focused family man who enjoyed spending time with his loved ones over a hearty meal or relaxing and watching a good movie.

Blanding also said that "it's not enough to say 'justice for Marcus.'"

She it's time to "change our policies."

She said:

Nicholas Cruz  killed 17 people at the Parkland shooting. Travis Reinking killed four people at the Tennessee Waffle House. Dylan roof killed nine people in Charleston.

Allison Norlian will have more with the family on 12News at 5 and 6 p.m.

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