The family and friends of the 16-year-old Ohio girl killed last week by Columbus police are set to say their final farewells Friday at a prominent church that has hosted further high-ranking funerals level.
Ceremonies take place at the First Church of God in Columbus as loved ones honor Ma’Khia Bryant, the young girl fatally shot by police in an April 20 confrontation that is being investigated by the Office of Ohio Criminal Investigation.
The shooting took place when Constable Nick Reardon arrived at the scene of a reported disturbance, body camera video showed.
Reardon drew his gun as a person wearing a black T-shirt is seen with an object in their right hand which they raise towards a second person before Reardon fires.
Police picked up what appeared to be a knife near the girl’s body, and a policeman could be heard on camera saying, “She had a knife.
The girl who was shot and killed by police has been identified as 16-year-old Bryant. She was Black and the rookie officer who shot him in white.
Bryant’s murder came less than an hour after a Minneapolis jury convicted former officer Derek Chauvin and angered Columbus – America’s 14th largest city with nearly 900,000 residents – at the following two other blacks killed by the police.
The First Church of God also hosted the funerals of Casey Goodson Jr. and Andre Hill.
Goodson, 23, was shot and killed by a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy on the doorstep of his grandmother’s house on December 4, officials said. He had just returned home with sandwiches he bought for the family, relatives said.
Hill, 47, was killed on December 22 when police responded to a call from someone repeatedly turning a car’s engine on and off. An officer shot and killed Hill, believing he had a gun in his hand, authorities said.
The former officer’s lawyer said his client mistook a keychain in Hill’s hand for a weapon. No firearms were found at the scene.
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