Family holds vigil for Andrew Finch

Published: Dec. 30, 2017 at 4:53 PM CST
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The family of Andrew Finch holds a vigil Saturday evening to remember the man killed in an officer-involved shooting Thursday in southwest Wichita.

A Wichita police officer fatally shot Finch Thursday night in response to an emergency call that turned out to be a prank. A Los Angeles man has been arrested for the incident of "swatting," in which the prank call was made to make a false report of a homicide and hostage situation at the home near McCormick and Seneca.

Saturday evening's candlelight vigil was held at the home where Thursday night's shooting occurred. People from across Wichita stopped by the home to honor Andrew Finch's life.

Family says Andrew Finch's mother, Lisa Finch did not want to come to the vigil because she is in shock over losing her son.

Lisa Finch, says her son was unarmed when police responded to the prank call and there are no guns in the family's home.

She says her son had two young children who were not home at the time of Thursday night's shooting.

"He loved family," she says. "Family was everything to him. There was nothing he wouldn't do for anybody."

One woman who attended Saturday night's vigil says she did so to show support from the family and to help hold police accountable.

"The bottom line is, it was avoidable," that woman, Mary Ware, says. "It was entirely avoidable. Someone jumped to a conclusion without even finding out... without even calling the house... or they'd have known."


to help pay for Andrew Finch's funeral has neared its goal of $20,000..