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Standoff victim's mother: Woodbury PD won't talk to me

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WOODBURY, Minn. (KMSP) -

Days after her 19-year-old son was shot and killed by police during a SWAT standoff at a Woodbury motel, the victim's mother told FOX 9 News she is still waiting for answers.

Investigators admit Mark Henderson was an unarmed hostage who had been shot at by his captor and was trying to escape when officers opened fire; however, police said they believed he was armed at the time of the shooting. Woodbury officers opened fire after he did not comply with orders to drop. 

On Wednesday, family members held a vigil in his honor -- and they hope police will soon return their calls to explain what happened.

Tawana Henderson told FOX 9 News that Woodbury police still haven't spoken with her despite repeated attempts. The Woodbury Police Department also did not respond to calls about this story.

Henderson also said she doesn't have enough money to bury her son, and she said the funeral home told her it appears he was shot a dozen times from the front.

Tawana Henderson said her son, who would have welcomed his first child in October, did not deserve to die this way.

Earlier this week, bail was set at $1 million for the Stillwater, Minn., man charged in the Red Roof Inn standoff.

Demitrius Ballinger, 25, appeared in Washington County court on Tuesday and was charged with one count of second-degree attempted murder, four counts of first-degree sexual assault, 11 counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and 11 counts of second-degree assault.

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