ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – They called it a home going celebration for Christian Taylor as hundreds gathered to say goodbye to the young man whose death has drawn worldwide attention.
While many openly hoped Saturday for Christian Taylor’s death to raise awareness about the relationship between the community and the police force, mourners kept talk of controversy to a minimum, insisting this was a day to honor the young man.
Toward the end of the funeral service, Christian Taylor’s older brothers took the stage to pay tribute to the youngest in their family.
“I’ve been a big brother for a long time. I’ve been knowing them before they knew themselves,” Adrian Taylor, Jr. told mourners, adding that his brother had come a long way in his 19 years.
“I saw this boy… I saw my brother grow into a man, and it was just beautiful to see,” Adrian Taylor, Jr. said.
Joshua Taylor recalled reading on social media his brother’s name alongside other black men who had been killed, and he remembered one of the last conversations he had with Christian.
“He said, ‘I got to change the world; I got to be the next Martin Luther King.’ On that same Twitter post that I seen, it had his name, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, all these great men who sacrificed their lives,” Joshua Taylor said.
“God chose this young man to bring awareness,” Pastor Ronnie Goines told the crowd.
The case of Christian Taylor, who was unarmed when a white police officer shot and killed him, has drawn widespread attention. Dr. Goines told the crowd to pray for the police, but he drew a loud response from mourners when he called for equal treatment from law enforcement.
“When you have on a uniform, I’m depending on you to pull your gun no faster on me than you would your own son,” Goines said.
Drawing on his military experience, Goines suggested officers in training, like the one who killed Christian Taylor, should not be armed with live ammunition, but he said talk of reforms should continue another day.
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