The community said its last goodbyes to Daunte Wright on Thursday, April 22.

Hundreds packed the Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis to mourn Wright, who was shot and killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer on April 11. Reverend Al Sharpton, Attorney Ben Crump, and families and friends of George Floyd, Oscar Grant, Emmet Till, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor and Jamar Clark attended the funeral, joining other mourners in a call for more reform in Minnesota.

Here are some key moments from the funeral.

Duante Wright’s casket sat in the Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis. As mourners entered, a media player shuffled pictures and videos of Wright playing with his family and friends.
The family section of the church is empty leading up to the beginning of the funeral.
Wright’s casket, flanked by white flowers on both sides of the church.
Governor Tim Walz talks with Congresswoman Illhan Omar before the service begins.
Ushers finalize preparations for the service. Wright’s casket sits at the end of the aisle.
Family walking into the church.
Family and friends wear pictures of Wright and “RIP Daunte Wright.”
The church, packed with family, friends and others whose family members were killed by police, starts the service.
Prayer and songs led the service, with visitors raising their hands in worship.
Visitors raise their hands to music and prayer as the service begins.
Trumpeter Keon Harrell played for Daunte Wright, as a painting was made during the service. Family and friends stood and cheered, applauding the performance.
Attorney Ben Crump leads a call for justice. Visitors raised their fists in solidarity.
Reverend Al Sharpton called Daunte “The Prince of Brooklyn Center,” and said more reform is needed in Minnesota.
Family members look through pictures of Wright, who was remembered as a class clown with a bright smile and infectious laughter.
Cars and trucks for the funeral procession bring a crowd of onlookers outside the ministry.
Wright’s casket covered with an image of him smiling.
An armed guard protects the casket and family members as the casket is escorted out of the church.
An armed guard tells a member of the media to “back up” as they try to get a picture of Daunte Wright’s casket in its hearse.
Drones, cameras, audio recorders and more surround the entrance of Shiloh Temple International Ministries.
A funeral flag waves from atop an SUV in the funeral procession. A cross is fixed to the front of the church.
People waiting for the funeral procession.
A Black power flag waves in front of the church as mourners prepare to take Daunte Wright to Lakewood Cemetery.
Members of the press watch as the funeral procession prepares to leave.
Reverend Al Sharpton takes pictures as the procession leaves.
Onlookers raise their fists in solidarity as the procession begins.
Onlookers hold posters and raise their fists in solidarity as the procession continues.
Mourners walk the grounds of Lakewood Cemetery, preparing to say their last goodbyes to Daunte Wright.
Cousins and other family members pose for pictures.
A family member wears a shirt remembering Wright.
Reverend Sharpton and Attorney Ben Crump walk across the Lakewood Cemetery grounds.
Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, prepares to release a dove in remembrance of her son. A cousin stands guard, telling members of the media, who were crowding around Wright, to back away.
Katie Wright opens a box with doves within it, releasing them to remember Daunte.
Reverend Sharpton and other mourners watch as the birds fly away. One dove circled around again before flying away. One family member yelled, “That’s Daunte,” as it flew.
Wright, Crump, Sharpton and other mourners watch as the doves disappear, saying their final goodbyes to Daunte Wright.
Kyeland Jackson is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.


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