A funeral service for Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man killed by a white police officer during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb, will be held on Thursday.
Wright’s killing came amid increasing tension during the weekslong trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed George Floyd last May. Floyd’s family, civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and attorney Ben Crump are expected to attend the service.
Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday at a Minneapolis church for the public viewing for Wright, a father of one. An obituary handed out at the memorial recalled Wright’s love of Fourth of July fireworks, the “lemon head” nickname bestowed by an aunt and the months he spent in a hospital intensive care unit when his son was born prematurely.
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