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Family of man shot by police in Yorba Linda wants answers

July 7, 2010 | 12:00 pm

A week after his brother was shot and killed by police outside his parents' home in Yorba Linda, James Collender said his family is still waiting for answers.

Julian Stanley Collender, 25, died from a single gunshot wound at 12:25 a.m. June 30. Brea Police had been waiting outside the home on the 24000 block of Avenida de Marcia after receiving a tip connecting Julian Collender to an armed robbery earlier that evening, Sgt. Bill Smyser said.

One shot was fired at Collender, Smyser said. Police have not said whether Collender was armed.

The Orange County District Attorney is investigating the incident. The investigation could take weeks or months to complete, spokeswoman Farrah Emami said.

James Collender, 32, does not live in the home but said his parents were there when the shooting occurred. They still don't know why police fired at Julian, James said.

"We have no idea and no information," he said. "We're hurt and lost; we feel like it's a violation."

When asked if he thought Julian had been wrongfully accused of the robbery James replied, "I think there's a lot more to the story."

Funeral services for Julian Collender will be held Wednesday, James Collender said.

A vigil in honor of Julian is planned for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. outside the Brea Police Station.

-- Sam Allen

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