BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Thousands attended a funeral for a man who died after suffering a severe spinal injury in police custody.
Marcus Washington has more from New Shiloh Baptist Church where Freddie Gray was laid to rest.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Issued In Area
As the investigation continues into his death, the community says goodbye to Gray.
They came in huge numbers, all paying their respects to Freddie Gray.
“[I wanted] to show my appreciation and concern for the family, I was invited by them,” said the Rev. Jesse Jackson. “We want healing.”
Many arriving, never knew Freddie, but they knew his story.
“This particular story struck a huge cord with me,” said Baltimore resident David Jones. “It tugged at my heart to the point that I had to come out and at least pay respects for him.”
“I have a grandson who is 18,” said Baltimorean Sylvia Gee, “and I’m really afraid for him to go out into the street – you know- cause you don’t know who’s against you or for you.”READ MORE: 70-Year-Old Baltimore County Landmark The Milton Inn Reopens With New Management, Menu
The final goodbye for a man’s death that has ignited a unified stand for justice.
“Today we’re here for the healing of this family, the healing of our city and we’re here for justice,” said Bethel A.M.E. Rev. Frank Reid. “today healing, tomorrow justice.”
Gray’s family requested no protests be held Sunday and today out of respect for his funeral.
Pastor Jamal Bryant, gave Gray’s eulogy Monday, who said he’s praying for Gray’s mourning family.
Along York Road, a final goodbye loved ones and community members touched by Gray’s life.
The White House says the head of President Barack Obama’s initiative for young men of color will attend.
Broderick Johnson, chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force and a Baltimore native, will represent the administration with two other officials, the AP reports.MORE NEWS: Fraudsters Claimed Up To $2 Billion In Unemployment Benefits, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot Says