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Scores of people gathered at the Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church in Texas on Saturday to pay their final respects to Jordan Edwards—a 15-year-old Black student-athlete who was fatally shot by a White police officer on April 29, reports the Dallas News.

From the Dallas News:

About 800 people packed the church Saturday for a moving, spiritual celebration of a 15-year-old recalled as an ardent athlete and committed student, “with a humble and loving spirit.”

Mesquite High Principal Kevin Samples remembered Edwards as a student who was an asset to the school.

“As a teacher, he’s the kid you wanted in your class,” Samples said. “As an adult, he was the kid who demonstrated that America has a bright future. As a fellow human, he was a kid who brought encouragement with his joy. He led his peers with character and finesse, and his presence is greatly missed.”

The 2 1/2-hour, open-casket service was punctuated by rousing interludes from a swaying gospel choir that prompted clapping and raised hands among the rows packed with bow-tied children, teens in football jerseys and women in Sunday hats.

According to the outlet, amongst those who were in attendance for Edwards’ funeral included Balch Springs Mayor Carrie Marshall, and gospel singer Kirk Franklinwho pledged to take Edwards’s teammates to Six Flags and buy his siblings season passes.

The officer who shot and killed Edwards has been fired and charged with murder. 

SOURCE: Dallas News

PHOTO: Edwards family

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