Family and friends dressed in white remembered Rayshard Brooks at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta

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Rayshard Brooks Memorialized at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Black man was shot and killed by police

Maria Boynton
June 23, 2020 - 6:52 pm

A photo of Rayshard Brooks and his family were on church fans. His wife Tomika Miller wore a face mask with the family's photo on the front.

At the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, hundreds attended the private Homegoing Services for the 27 year old black man who was shot and killed by Atlanta police on June 12.

Rayshard Brooks was laid to rest in a gold casket
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Family members wore white, the same as Brooks was dressed inside his golden casket.

The 1pm invitation-only service started with the choir, composed in the zoom-like arrangement, that has become all too-familiar during the COVID-19 pandemic. Others in attendance also wore masks.

Gospel superstar Tamela Mann sang her well-known song “Take Me to the King”.

Various members from the Atlanta faith community offered words of comfort. The Martin Luther King, Sr. Choir sang “Perfect Peace”.

Those gathered in the sanctuary also heard from Brooks family colleague and friend Ambrea Mikolajczyk. The Toledo, Ohio construction company owner spoke of how Brooks wore steel-toed cowboy boots when he worked for her. “He said he was coming back. We’d hoped he would come back.”

Ebenezer is the church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the associate pastor when he was assassinated in 1968. Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, the youngest child of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King also spoke to the congregation. King said she mourned with Brooks’ widow and the family. She said “having a father killed when I was only 5 years of age, my heart deeply grieves.”  She added “I know the pain of growing up without a father. And the ongoing attention around his tragic loss.”

Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock delivered the eulogy at the funeral for Rayshard Brooks
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During the Eulogy titled “Let My People Go”, Dr. Raphael Warnock called Brooks the latest “high profile casualty in the struggle for justice and a battle for the soul of America.  This is about him but it is so much bigger than him.”

The 27 year old father of 4 was shot in the back by Atlanta police.  He’d struggled with police as they tried to make a DUI arrest.  Authorities had been called to the Wendy’s fast-food restaurant after Brooks had fallen asleep behind the wheel in the drive-thru lane.

At Brooks’ funeral Tuesday, Dr. Warnock said “This country has become too accustomed and comfortable with black people dying.  Black Lives Matter is just a way of saying see our humanity.  We’re trying to stay alive and keep our families alive.”

The Rayshard Brooks funeral processional exits Ebenezer Baptist Church
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Other well-known gospel singers, including Kelly Price, Pastor Smoke Norful, and Kurt Carr & Singers also participated in the funeral service.

Rayshard Brooks will be laid to rest in Atlanta.