MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man fatally shot by a white police officer during a traffic stop earlier this month, will be laid to rest Thursday afternoon. Wright died April 11 after an officer shot him during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center.
His funeral is at noon at Shiloh Temple in North Minneapolis, led by Rev. Al Sharpton.
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Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday at a Minneapolis church for the public viewing for 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a father of one shot by a police officer on April 11 during a traffic stop in the small city of Brooklyn Center.
Friends and family members wept as they stood before Wright’s open casket, which was blanketed with red roses. All who viewed the open casket on Wednesday saw the young man dressed in a jean jacket bedazzled with several red and green gem-like buttons on both sides of the lapels.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump spoke, vowing to help get justice for Wright’s family.
“We’re standing here making a solemn pledge. Katie and Aubrey and to all the Wright family … you won’t be fighting alone,” Crump said.
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An obituary handed out at the memorial recalled Wright’s love of Fourth of July fireworks, the “lemon head” nickname bestowed by an aunt and the months he spent in a hospital intensive care unit when his son was born prematurely.
George Floyd’s family plans to attend Wright’s funeral services Thursday. Wright’s killing came amid increasing tension during the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer who was on Tuesday found guilty of murder in Floyd’s death.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader who eulogized Floyd at his Minneapolis funeral last year, will also deliver the eulogy at Wright’s funeral. In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Sharpton said he would first pay tribute to Wright, “a young man just at the beginning of life, full of life.”
“We lose George Floyd over an allegedly forged $20 bill and Daunte Wright over some expired (vehicle) tags — aren’t our lives worth more than that?” Sharpton said.
The officer who shot Wright has resigned. Prosecutors charged Kim Potter with manslaughter. Police said she mistook her gun for her Taser. Potter goes back to court next month.
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