At his funeral in Memphis, mourners have demanded justice for Tyre Nichols and an end to US police violence against Black people.
Mourners farewell Tyre Nichols at Memphis funeral
Family and friends of Tyre Nichols have gathered in a Memphis church to pay their final respects to the Black 29-year-old father whose fatal beating by police last month transformed him into the new face of the United States racial justice movement.
Speaking over a flower-bedecked casket at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, preachers recalled a young man who loved photography and skateboarding, and demanded justice for Nichols and an end to police violence against Black people.
The relatives of other Black people killed by police in cities across the US came to offer comfort to Nichols’ family, including a woman from Texas whose son was killed by a Houston police officer, who sang before a black-clad gospel choir.
Vice President Kamala Harris flew to Memphis and embraced Nichols’ mother, RowVaughn Wells, in the pews before addressing the congregation.