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Family, friends, dignitaries, elected officials and community leaders gathered Tuesday to remember the life of Rayshard Brooks at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

The 27-year-old Black man was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer on the night of June 12th. His death sparked national and international outrage.

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Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks, weeps while holding their 1-year-old daughter Dream during his funeral in Ebenezer Baptist Church.

According to a press release, Brooks' family selected Ebenezer Baptist Church for the private funeral service because of its global historic presence.

"We're here to provide ministry as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death," said Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer. "It's Ebenezer's mission to show up in a time like this, especially given the way he lost his life."

Pastor Warnock added: "Rayshard was not a member of our church but his loved ones are a part of our family. We are a sanctuary for the suffering. We are a house of prayer for all people."

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Notable guests included Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, former Mayor Kasim Reed, Rev. Bernice King, former Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, rapper/actor/activist T.I. (pictured hugging Tomika Miller) and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris.

Due to Covid-19, only 200 guests were allowed inside the sanctuary, which was marked for social distancing.

Singers Kelly Price, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Smokie Norful, actress/singer Tamela Mann, Kurt Carr all provided songs of comfort.

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Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed the crowd saying, "Having a father killed when I was only 5 years of age, my heart deeply grieves for [his daughters] Dream, Memory, Blessing and [stepson] Mekai. I know the pain of growing up without a father and the ongoing attention around his tragic loss. I am and will continue to pray for each of you."

During the eulogy, Rev. Warnock reflected on the time he’s spent with Brooks' family in the past few days. "I met 8- year-old Blessing, such a sweet and precious child," he told the congregation.

"On the same day her father was killed, they had been celebrating her 8th birthday. What do you do with that when you're 8-years-old?  These precious children of God will need the village to surround them and support them and embrace them and love on them and reassure them that they are not alone."

Today's service can be viewed on the church's website, www.EbenezerATL.org.

Source: Press release

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Monica Arnold stunned her fans by posing for a high fashion photo shoot at a funeral.

The R&B singer-turned-Instagram model posed in a black Gucci dress and accessories for her Uncle Larry Paige's funeral.

The mother-of-three posted the images on her Instagram account.

She captioned one set of images:

"Honoring a Special Man in A special Way... I'm grateful that My Aunt Mary allowed Melinda & I to create a fitting Memorial for one of the greatest men we've ever known! Thank you to those that assisted in us safely celebrating his life.. We socially distanced & issued personalized masks & gloves to ensure the safety of our loved ones ... I pray you’re Proud Uncle Larry...... Thank You."

In another photo of her holding the funeral program -- a mockup of TIME magazine with a photo of Paige on the cover, she wrote:

"A Timeless Man... Larry Paige... Your Legacy Lives through Your Family Black was his Favorite color Corvettes Were his Favorite car ! I can see his golds shining while he's smiling as he rests in his @corvette Leather Jacket.... #MyFavoriteUncle #LifeOfLarry #TIMElessMan
THANK YOU @mcnealeyprints for this Commemorative Program..... My Dress @shopoyemwen."

 


 


 

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Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna Bryant were laid to rest two weeks after the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of the NBA legend, his daughter and seven others.

A private funeral for Kobe, 41, and Gianna was held in Corona Del Mar, California on Friday, Friday 7, according to multiple reports.

Kobe and his daughter were laid to rest near each other at Pacific View Memorial Park, according to published reports.

The Los Angeles Times cited death certificates released by the county which gives the date of internment as Feb. 7.

Sources tell Entertainment Tonight Kobe's wife, Vanessa Bryant, 37, and the family "wanted a private service to mourn their loss".

A planned memorial will be held for the public at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Feb. 24. It is not clear if Kobe's family will attend the public memorial.

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Vanessa and Kobe are pictured in 2005, a year before daughter Gigi was born. They are pictured below in 2007 with daughters Gigi and Natalia Bryant at Disneyland.

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On Monday, over 1,000 people attended a memorial service for three members of the Altobelli family, who also died in the crash. 4,000 people were expected to attend the service for John, Kelly and Alyssa Altobelli at Angel Stadium.

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The funeral for Atatiana Jefferson, the Dallas pre-med student who was killed by a cop in her own home, is set for Thursday. The funeral was postponed for a week due to a family dispute.

Jefferson, 28, was fatally shot through her bedroom window on Oct. 12 when she peeked out after hearing a prowler in her backyard.

Dallas County Officer Aaron Dean, 35, resigned from the police force before he could be terminated.

Jefferson's funeral was set for Saturday, Oct. 19, but a judge granted a restraining order to her stepfather, Marquis Jefferson, who argued that he would suffer "immediate and irreparable injury" if the funeral went on as planned.

Jefferson's aunt, Venitta Body, told reporters that Marquis Jefferson is not Atatiana's biological father. Body said Marquis Jefferson has not spoken to family members. She continued with the funeral service planning without his input.

"He's the father of the deceased," Walter L. Irvin, his lawyer, said on Friday. Irwin presented a birth certificate signed by Jefferson. "They would not let Mr. Jefferson participate in burial arrangements. That's why we had to seek an injunction."

On Monday, Dallas County probate court judge Brenda Hull Thompson held a closed door meeting with both sides of the family. Afterwards, she issued a gag order to prevent the family from discussing what was said in the meeting.

Jefferson's funeral is set for Thursday at 11 a.m. in Dallas' Concord Church, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Prominent civil rights activists, including Rev. Al Sharpton, will speak at the funeral.

Former Dallas Mavericks player Harrison Barnes and his wife, Brittany Barnes, paid 90 percent of the cost of the service, and Philadelphia Eagles player Malik Jackson paid the rest of the expenses.

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