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On the Bad River Reservation Saturday, a unity walk was held to remember the life of Jason Pero, the 14 year old boy who was shot and killed by an Ashland County Deputy last month. 

Each member of the Bad River Band embarked on the walk with a heavy foot, and a heavier heart. 

"Community wise we're very close knit. Everyone takes care of each other, loves each other," said Gloria Smart a participant of the walk. 

She was one of the hundreds walking from Odanah to Ashland, roughly 14 miles, seeking what her and others are calling Justice for Jason. 

"This is my way of exercising solidarity with my friends, and a peaceful response to a tragic untimely death," said Scott Pitta, one of the walkers. 

The Bad River community and many others are happy to participate in what they're calling a unity walk. 

"This affects our entire society. To see a group this large, a mixed crowd this larger tells us it's important to other segments of our society," said Pitta.  

The weeks following the shooting have brought more questions than answers. The initial investigation alleges, before being shot, Jason lunged at the deputy, with a butcher knife twice. But family and friends say Jason wasn't a threat. Which is why there are advocating for a systemic change. 

"One of the things that we're talking about is that we sponsor a law that requires all law enforcement to wear a body cam, and a cam on their vehicles," said Esie Leoso Corbine, one of the event organizers.  

But for Saturday, they're focused on Jason's message one they say was positive, and full of love. 

"He will not be forgotten. And something good, is going happen from this tragic, horrific situation," said Corbine.  

Details into the investigation still remain limited. 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice initially reported that Jason had allegedly been despondent in the days leading up to the shooting and claims he called 911 on himself.

The deputy responsible, Brock Mrdjenovich, remains on paid administrative leave.  

The preliminary investigation filed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice can be found here

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