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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 13-year-old Ohio boy fatally shot by a police officer investigating a report of an armed robbery was remembered at his funeral Saturday as someone with a special glow.

“He lit up a room. He demanded your attention,” said Michael Bell, who coached Tyre King on his youth football team.

Hundreds of mourners filed by a white casket draped with yellow roses at a Columbus church before a hearse carried the boy’s body to a cemetery where he was laid to rest, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Columbus police officer Bryan Mason, a member of the department for almost 10 years, shot Tyre, multiple times on Sept. 14 after the boy ran from investigators and pulled out a BB gun that looked like a real firearm, police have said.

Mason, who is white, was put on administrative leave immediately after the shooting — standard procedure after police shootings.

The boy’s death has inflamed tensions over the safety of blacks in Ohio’s largest city and adds to a list of killings of black males by police that are attracting national attention.

Another funeral was scheduled Saturday night in Oklahoma for 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was shot and killed by a Tulsa police officer on Sept. 16. The officer was charged with manslaughter in the shooting of Crutcher, who was unarmed.

In Columbus, attorneys for the Tyre’s family have called for an independent investigation and have questioned Mason’s involvement in other shootings, including another fatality.

The head of the local police union has said Mason did what he was trained to do under the circumstances.

Evidence in the shooting investigation will be presented to a grand jury to determine if the officer’s actions were justified or charges are warranted.

Tyre was in eighth grade, played sports and was in a young scholars program, the family’s attorneys said.

Benita Farve, pastor of the King family’s church, said during the eulogy that the community needed make changes to help a generation of kids who are totally out of control.”

“How long are we going to let pain and anger control us? How long are we going to be the victims?” she said. “When are things going to change and we’re going to be victors?”

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12 thoughts on “Hundreds At Funeral For Ohio boy, 13, Fatally Shot By Police

  1. you all are missing the point here there is a 13 year old kid DEAD!!!! Now let’s look at this from another perspective if he was white or any other nationality like the terrorist in New York that KILLED MULTIPLE PEOPLE he is ALIVE and waiting for his day in court while we THE TAX PAYERS are feeding him and paying for his HOUSING in Prison. Yes, if it is true that this young man had a gun and robbed someone at gunpoint with a BB GUN, then shame on him and his parents but could there have been another alternative here??? Like the same alternative the TERRORIST GOT or any other NATIONALITY gets in these situations???? LOOK AT COPS – the television series… read the paper people…bottom line any person especially MEN of COLOR are perceived as an immediate THREAT no matter what the circumstance is and the only option considered by the POLICE IS SHOOT TO KILL… Let’s hope it is not your son or loved one people.. WAKE UP!!!!

    • ResponsibilityInControl on said:

      And had a weapon in case you resisted, parents will scream we didn’t know he had a gun he wasnt supposed to have one it wasn’t his. EXCUSES! He knew what to do with it to commit a crime though. Be more active and talk to the youth and be more involved and you will know what they have going on!

  2. Noticed it didn’t say “unarmed black 13 yro” who the hell bought this kid a BB gun?
    That money would have served him better had it been used to buy him a science or math book (that’s what them Asians do)

    • ResponsibilityInControl on said:

      Very well noted – it didn’t say unarmed!
      Pastor stated, “the community needed make changes to help a generation of kids who are totally out of control.”

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  4. ResponsibilityInControl on said:

    The pastor said it best “the community needed make changes to help a generation of kids who are totally out of control.”
    And that should include adults who are out of control as well. Ignorance breeds ignorance!

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