Among those mourning are football players and coaches from Angelo State University, where Taylor was to start his sophomore year on the team.
“There’s no victor in this”, Taylor said.
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.
The service for Christian Taylor at Koinonia Christian Church in Arlington was attended by his family members, friends and teammates.
Taylor’s last moments can be seen on a surveillance video from the auto dealership where an Arlington Police officer shot and killed him minutes later. Wiggins heard a pop and thought it was Miller firing his Taser, nevertheless it turned out to be Miller discharging his weapon the primary time, although it’s unclear if he hit Taylor.
Mayor Jeff Williams also said Tuesday, “Residents and leaders alike are committed to continuing our efforts to be the most inclusive and representative community possible”. Pastor Dwight McKissic Sr. presented a check for $5,000 to the Taylor family to help defray Christian Taylor’s funeral expenses.
In the funeral program, his mother Tina, who has not yet spoken publicly, wrote a note to her son: “To know that you are resting with our Father is enough for me.”
The police chief in the Dallas suburb of Arlington has fired an officer who fatally shot an unarmed Texas college football player.
Attorney John Snider said in a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press that his client, Brad Miller, “made decisions in the heat of a violent confrontation to save his and other officers’ lives”.
Texas police have released audio of a 911 call made by the company manning the exterior cameras at a vehicle dealership where a police officer killed an unarmed Texas college football player.
The interaction between Taylor and Miller is not documented by video footage since Arlington officers are not equipped with body cameras.
The killing of Christian Taylor happened just two days before the one-year anniversary of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. “It’s going to take a long, long time – if ever – for me to get over that”, said Josh.
Adrian Taylor, the victim’s brother, said tearfully that Christian was “a competitor and a fighter who did not want to be left behind.” While he said he had “serious concerns” about Miller’s use of deadly force, Johnson said it would be up to a grand jury to decide whether Miller’s actions were criminal.
Christian told him that he wanted to change the world and be the next Martin Luther King, his brother said.