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Parents, activists push for answers in officer-involved shooting of Seneca teen

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It's now been just a little over a month since 19-year-old Zach Hammond was shot and killed by a Seneca police officer.

Police said they were investigating a drug deal between the passenger in Hammond's car and an undercover officer when Hammond was killed.

On Sunday his family, friends and Upstate activists joined in a protest in Greenville, to talk about Hammond's life and to get signature on a petition they have started.

The petition is to try and get the Oconee County Solicitor, Chrissy Adams removed from her position. 

"Zach didn't do anything to deserve 2 bullets, no matter how imperfect he may have been," said Angie Hammond as she spoke about her son, Zach.

Zach Hammond's parents tried to keep their emotions back this afternoon as they spoke to a large crowd.  They said since the night Lt. Mark Tiller shot their son, they have been left out of the loop. 

"We want to keep pressure to get the truth," said Zach's father, Paul Hammond. 

 The solicitor has not yet gotten back to Fox Carolina about the petition started by the Hammonds. 

"Zach is no longer here to fight for justice for himself, so we must do it for him," said Angie Hammond.

Zach's parents said they have yet to see the dash cam video from the night of the shooting. "If there's nothing to hide, then put it out."

Police said Lt. Tiller fired the shots because he feared for his life when Hammond drove his car towards him at the Hardee's in Seneca. Since the shooting, Lt. Tiller has been put on administrative leave. 

"Somehow we have to push it to the forefront, we have to get somebody to give us answers," said Hammond. 

Both the Seneca Police Department and SLED said the night in question is still under investigation.

"They want to act like our son didn't matter, and he did matter, he mattered to us," said Hammond. 

Solicitor Chrissy Adams released a statement prior to Sunday's rally regarding why more information has not been released.

Adams said, "My office as well as SLED, is ethically prohibited from discussing those facts. however, when those facts are presented, and if a decision is made to bring formal charges, rest assured that the 10th circuit solicitor's office will be fully engaged."

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