“Come on, get up!”, “Somebody get him up”, “It’s not too late”, “I love you Kimani!” cried Carol Gray as she approached the open casket of her late son, sixteen-year-old Kimani Gray, who was shot and killed by an NYPD officer on March 10th, 2013.
After numerous vigils and protests throughout East Flatbush, Brooklyn, the wake for Kimani Gray took place today at Caribe Funeral Home in Brooklyn, NY from 4:00pm to 10:00pm. About one hundred mourners, including the youth’s classmates, family members, friends and teachers, gathered to say the first of many goodbyes to Kimani “Kiki” Gray.
Many friends wore hoodies lettered with phrases like “#foreverKiki”, “Broz For Life”, and “RIP Kiki.” His nickname, “Kiki” was embroidered inside the casket and picutres of of the late teen through the years showed in a slideshow playing on a TV screen .
“Kiki will always be remembered for his infectious smile and free spirit which affected the hearts of everyone who was fortunate enough to be touched by him. He had the ability to look at you and make you smile even on a bad day” read the obituary of Kimani Gebarri Gray.
The viewing was followed with gospel music, scripture readings, poetry, a short message from Consul Gneral of Guyana, Honorary Brentnold Evans. It ended with a recessional song, “Hills and Valleys” by Buju Banton.
Kimani Gray was born on October 19th, 1996, and Saturday March 23, mourners said their final goodbyes at the funeral. which took place at St. Catherine of Genoa Catholic Church in East New York.