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Mourners gather for funeral of Andrew Brown Jr.

Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 9:11 AM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2021 at 3:59 PM EDT
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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WITN/AP) - Mourners gathered today for the funeral of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man shot and killed by deputies in Pasquotank County, with eulogists celebrating his legacy and reflect on his life.

The invite-only service began at noon at the Fountain of Life Church and followed public viewings on Sunday. The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy, and other speakers included Brown’s relatives as well as civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who’s representing Brown’s family, and the Rev. William Barber II, leader of the Poor People’s campaign.

Brown, 42, was shot and killed on April 21 by deputies attempting to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants, sparking days of protests in Elizabeth City. An independent autopsy commissioned by his family said that he was shot five times, including once in the back of the head.

Family members have said that Brown was a proud father of seven, who was known for entertaining relatives with his stories and jokes.

Brown’s family asked Sharpton to deliver the eulogy because they felt the civil rights leader would properly honor his legacy. Sharpton recently delivered the eulogy for Daunte Wright, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Minnesota.

“We are going to celebrate him,” Sharpton told mourners. “But we are not going to excuse the fact that we shouldn’t have to be here to do this.”

Hundreds of people filled the church as Brown’s sons held back tears.

“He’s not here, but he’s here though. He definitely here,” said Gerard Ferebee. “His physical being ain’t here, but he’s here though. For sure.”

The SBI continues to investigate the shooting, while the FBI has opened up a civil rights investigation. Three deputies remain on administrative leave because of the shooting.

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