On April 20, 16-year-old Ma & # 39; Khia Bryant was fatally shot and killed by Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon from Ohio. The shooting sparked protests in Ohio and sparked national outrage. The teenager's funeral procession in the city of Columbus has sparked further calls for a change in police force.
Funeral services for the black teenager were held on Friday, April 30, at God's First Church in Columbus. According to Paula Bryant, Ma'Khia's aunt, she was a high school honorary student and a "cute kid."
Bryant was fatally shot outside of the nursing home she lived in after Reardon responded to an emergency call. Officers were dispatched after receiving a call about a stab attempt in the 3100 block of Legion Lane. Paula Bryant said Ma & # 39; Khia called the police because girls were fighting outside the home. Body camera footage shows Reardon approaching the driveway where the fight took place before shouting "Down". Four shots were fired at Bryant.
Breonna Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, attended the funeral and received a standing ovation.
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During the services, which lasted more than 90 minutes, Bishop Clarke gave a passionate eulogy towards the end.
"We will bring Ma'Khia back when police training changes," said Clark. "We'll get Ma'Khia back if we value each other and if we respect each other. We'll get Ma'Khia back if we learn to work together. Ma'Khia is worth grieving. She is worth missing. She is worth crying over it. She is worth it. "
The funeral also attended the late mother of Breonna Taylor, who lost her life in an illegitimate raid on Louisville in 2020, Columbus City Councilor Priscilla Tyson and, at the request of the Church, the Columbus Police Department.
The need for a change was evident throughout the service and this type of procedure was avoided from occurring again.
"We don't have to lose babies anymore," said Columbus Secretary Susan Smith. "No other baby in this town, no other baby in our church."
The family lawyer will open his own investigation into the teen's death.