Anthony Huber Family Hoped Rittenhouse Verdict Would Bring Closure, 'That Did Not Happen'

The family of Anthony Huber, whom Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed, said they were "heartbroken and angry" that the 18-year-old was found not guilty.

On Friday, Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges related to last year's fatal shooting of two men and the wounding of another during protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake. Huber's family said they didn't attend the trial because it was too difficult to relieve their son's death, but watched the trial "closely."

The Hubers said the verdict means there is "no accountability for the person who murdered our son." They added that it sends a message to other armed civilians that they can "incite violence" and use "the danger they have created to justify" shooting others. The Hubers added that their hope was that the verdict would bring them closure, something they say did not happen.

"Make no mistake: Our fight to hold those responsible for Anthony's death accountable continues in full force," the family said. "Neither Mr. Rittenhouse nor the Kenosha police who authorized this bloody rampage will escape justice."

The Hubers added that they believed "no reasonable person" who saw all of the evidence could conclude Rittenhouse acted in self-defense, saying that he came to Kenosha "to kill" and police encouraged him.

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Anthony Huber's family said in a statement they hoped Kyle Rittenhouse's trial would bring closure, but the not guilty verdict means that didn't happen. Demonstrators gather outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse as the jury deliberates for a second day in Rittenhouse's trial on November 17, 2021, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin, allegedly to help protect people's property during riots over a white police officer's shooting of Blake, a Black man. He fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. Rittenhouse's attorney argued Rosenbaum attempted to steal his firearm and that Huber hit Rittenhouse with a skateboard before being shot.

Jurors began deliberating on the case on Tuesday morning and delivered their verdict on Friday afternoon. If convicted, Rittenhouse was facing possible life in prison.

Huber's girlfriend, Hannah Gittings, 25, told the New York Post she has "a lot of sympathy" for Rittenhouse, who she said she believes got swept up in the riots. She called him a "dumba** kid who unfortunately became the figurehead for this." She added that he's not the only person she believes bears responsibility.

"Kenosha also needs to be held responsible for allowing this militia to show up and do exactly what they came here to do," Gittings told the New York Post.

Her comments came ahead of the verdict, but she told the Post that if they let Rittenhouse "off the hook," the city of Kenosha has to "totally take responsibility for allowing what happened to happen."

While Rittenhouse cannot be retried for the deaths of Huber and Rosenbaum or the wounding of Grosskreutz, he can be sued and return to court for a civil trial.