( 4UMF NEWS ) Hundreds Attend Christian Taylor’s Funeral:
A capacity crowd packed the Koinonia Christian Church here Saturday afternoon to say goodbye to 19-year-old Christian Taylor, the burglary suspect who was killed by a police officer on August 7.
“This is a day of celebration,” declared family friend James Chriss. “There are going to be some tears, but this is peace… this is calm.”
Taylor was a standout athlete from Mansfield, and dozens of his teammates shared the pulpit to pay their respects.
“I don’t know how y’all took it, but you know… I’m taking it as… what he was trying to do, him leaving us, is to give us the boost to take all of us where he wanted to be,” said Jordan Smith, a good friend of Taylor’s from high school.
Taylor’s last moments can be seen on a surveillance video from the car dealership where an Arlington Police officer shot and killed him minutes later. Taylor was unarmed, but was seen acting erratically on the video, vandalizing vehicles before crashing his own car into the showroom.
Family and friends say they have no idea what prompted Taylor’s behavior that night, and they say unanswered questions remain.
“I looked at that video, I looked at that video, it wasn’t him,” said Joshua Taylor, one of Christian Taylor’s brothers.
The rookie police officer who fired the fatal shots lost his job last week. Arlington’s mayor and police chief both attended Taylor’s service.
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