LOMPOC, Calif. - Michael Giles’ memory continues to shine brightly in the hearts of his family. They remember him as a brother, a son and a friend to so many.
"We love you Michael,” said his family.
One year later the pain hasn't gone away. His family is still coming to terms with his death.
The only comfort they have now is with each other.
"I don’t want anyone to ever forget about Michael,” said LeAunna Giles, his sister.
Their memories of him are forever captured in framed pictures seen next to candles and flowers at a candlelight vigil on Tuesday night.
It was exactly one year ago when the then 27-year-old was shot and killed by Lompoc Police. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office ruled it a justifiable homicide after its investigation showed Giles lunged at police with a knife.
"For us, it will never be justified, but, we have to take what we can get,” said Giles.
LeAunna Giles has been a rock for his family to lean on. She says the days don’t get any easier knowing she won’t see her brother again.
"There is some kind of a little of closure knowing the city has taken some kind of fault,” she added.
Giles' family has reached a settlement with the city of Lompoc for an undisclosed amount of money.
"The reason it takes time is because all kinds of investigations are being done by the D.A and the department itself,” said Joseph Pannone, City Attorney for Lompoc.
Giles’ family attorney Michael Carrillo agreed to speak to KCOY 12 via Facetime.
"He was someone’s son, he was someone’s uncle, a brother to his family, he meant a lot to them,” said Carrillo.
While this brings some closure to the Giles’ family they say it's a personal tragedy that will never fully go away.
"Knowing that this is where Michael took his last breath, some of us feel comfort knowing we can feel his presence around,” said Giles.
We did reach out to the Lompoc Police Department to comment but, they declined.