Siderio's grandfather says the first-degree murder charge is "great news," saying the officer shot and killed his grandson at point-blank range.
"It's just sad," Makayla Siderio said.
Makayla Siderio remembers her little cousin Thomas, or TJ as he's known, by wearing a photo of herself, her sister and TJ around her neck.
"I think of him every day. I cry every night. I miss him so much," Makayla said.
She says the family hasn't been the same since her 12-year-old cousin was allegedly gunned down by former Philadelphia police officer Edsaul Mendoza in March.
"You should have never killed him. You could have did anything else to him. I want to say that to you, to the cop, that shot my little cousin. You should have never did this," Makayla said.
"It's just sad. He took him in cold blood. Cold, cold blood," great aunt Theresa Frame said.
The attorney representing Siderio's mother points out that before Thomas was shot and killed, he had listened to the officer's commands.
"TJ was asked to drop the gun, he did so 40 feet back. He was asked to get down, he did so. And it's so painful to learn today that he was lying down, facing to the sidewalk, trying to look back and he was shot in cold blood and executed," attorney Andrew Duffy said.
Meantime, the attorney for Siderio's father says there are still many unanswered questions.
"We still don't know what's going on with this 17-year-old who was accompanying my client when he was killed, and what, if any, role that 17-year-old has to play," attorney Conor Corcoran said.
Together, the attorneys plan to file a complaint against the Philadelphia Police Department on behalf of Thomas Siderio's parents in the coming weeks.
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