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Stephanie Bruno hopes the subtle, red ribbons bearing her late husband's name will resonate with drivers that pass through downtown Kansas City. Stephanie Bruno hopes the subtle, red ribbons bearing her late husband's name will resonate with drivers that pass through downtown Kansas City.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The family of a Kansas City firefighter who died in an altercation with an off-duty police officer is bringing attention to his death peacefully - a fitting message in the midst of violence in Ferguson, MO.

Stephanie Bruno hopes the subtle red ribbons bearing her late husband's name will resonate with drivers who pass through downtown Kansas City.

Though she can't discuss the ongoing wrongful death lawsuit against the city, on the night after her wedding, her husband, Anthony Bruno, was shot and killed by an off-duty Kansas City Police Department officer during a fight. Officer Donald Hubbard was working security at a downtown hotel.

However, Stephanie Bruno does hope the ribbons will draw attention to their cause.

"It is a peaceful attempt to get awareness out versus rioting," she said. "I hope they also get awareness of what's going on and realize there is a lack of accountability. I hope they realize it could happen to them - to their brother, son, husband.

It is a memory that haunts Stephanie Bruno every day, and now she sees haunting parallels between her husband's death and that of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.

"I would hope that there could be a peaceful resolution. My thoughts and prayers are with the Brown family," she said.

Stephanie Bruno hopes that her family and others can bring change and accountability to the way police officers use lethal force but do so peacefully.

"It shouldn't need to come to that to get attention, especially those who have a duty to follow the law and enforce the law," she said.

The family's suit against the hotel, its parent company and Hubbard asks for a nonspecific amount of damages.

Stephanie Bruno married Anthony Bruno last November in Florida. They celebrated their wedding reception with their family and friends the night of Nov. 30 at a downtown hotel. By early morning Dec. 1, Anthony Bruno was dead after struggling with Hubbard.

The off-duty firefighter had just punched a cab driver during a heated dispute over a cab fare when Hubbard caught up with him on the street. The two fought then Hubbard pulled out his gun, leaving him no choice but to fire his service weapon.

Anthony Bruno was shot twice in the chest.

A Jackson County grand jury cleared Hubbard who suffered extensive facial injuries during the fight with Anthony Bruno, and who has undergone reconstructive surgeries.

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