03/30/2015 12:24 pm ET Updated Mar 30, 2015

Man Killed By Police On L.A.'s Skid Row Had Studied Physics, Wanted to Be Actor

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Heleine Tchayou was watching television in her Malden, Mass., home when video appeared of Los Angeles police shooting and killing an unarmed, homeless man on skid row.

It wasn't until his photograph was released that Tchayou realized the man who lay dying on the pavement 2,900 miles away was her son, a family friend said.

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