Celebration of Life held for Aidan Ellison in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — A drive-in celebration of life was held earlier today for Aidan Ellison, the young black man shot and killed in Ashland just before Thanksgiving.

The event, called Turn up the Volume, was hosted by SoEquity or Southern Oregon Coalition for Racial Equity.

The celebration featured local black performers and speakers.

On Tuesday, Aidan Ellison’s mother, Andrea Wofford announced she’s filing lawsuits against the man who killed her son, as well as the Stratford Inn, where it happened.

Her attorney says the inn shouldn’t have allowed the suspected murderer, Robert Keegan, to stay there while carrying a weapon.

Wolfard and her attorney say Keegan also has a history of abuse and wasn’t allowed to legally own a weapon.

They say the Stratford Inn should have never allowed Keegan to stay there while illegally carrying a firearm.

Ashland Police have said there’s no evidence that it was a bias crime, but it is something they are investigating along with the F.B.I.

Keegan is charged with murder, manslaughter, reckless endangering and unlawful use of a weapon.

He’s being held in Jackson County Jail without bail.

NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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