Outrage continues with wake, funeral for Kimani Gray
NAYABA ARINDE Amsterdam News Editor | 3/28/2013, 12:09 p.m.
Councilman Mathieu Eugene of the 40th District attended the funeral services, calling it a tragic day for the family.
"It's not about blaming one side or the other. It's about coming together to get justice for this young man," he said.
Other electeds who attended the wake or funeral included City Comptroller John Liu and City Councilman Jumaane Williams. Rapper Foxy Brown also attended the church service, accompanied by activist Jeffrey Davis.
The church was a different scene from the previous night, when dozens of police offices surrounded Gray's wake at the El Caribe Funeral Home. While there weren't many officers near the church on Saturday, the NYPD set up barricades outside. The funeral went off calmly and without incident.
Gray was killed on March 9 by two undercover NYPD officers who claimed the teen pointed a .38-caliber revolver at them. Several witnesses refuted that, stating equivocally that the teen had no weapon, but rather begged the police to stop shooting and to not kill him. Community activist Richard Green of the Crown Heights Youth Collective told the Amsterdam News outside the funeral, "I don't think there was a gun."
The family went to see Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes last week and were seemingly unimpressed as they demanded an independent investigator of Kimani Gray's death. Meanwhile, Sgt. Mourad Mourad and Officer Jovaniel Cordova, who have been sued multiple times, have just been placed on administrative duty during an internal investigation.
Neither the Police Department nor Hynes' office responded to AmNews requests for comment.
Bloods and Crips have reportedly called a 30-day truce. Activists demanded that the "frivolous arrests" from the protests in the wake of the killing be thrown out.
Speaking exclusively with the AmNews a couple of days before she had to put her son in the ground in Cypress Hills, Gray said, "He wanted to get his high school diploma. They have taken that away from him...Everyone in my house is frustrated--that takes away from the grieving sometimes."
With regards to Kimani's siblings, Gray added tearfully, "Sometimes I call them by his name before I realize."