More than 1,000 attend funeral for Christian Taylor in Texas

Family and friends of Christian Taylor, the 19-year-old unarmed black man killed by a rookie white police officer in Texas last week, celebrated the life of the late Angelo State University student-athlete at his funeral on Saturday.

An overflow crowd of more than 1,000 people filled Koinonia Christian Church in Arlington, Texas, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Taylor was killed on August 7th during a confrontation with police who responded to a suspected burglary call at a car dealership. Video footage later released showed Taylor at the dealership breaking a car windshield before police arrived.

The Arlington Police Department confirmed Taylor was shot four times by Brad Miller, a 49-year-old white officer in training with no prior police experience. Miller has since been fired from his position.

The interaction between Taylor and Miller is not documented by video footage since Arlington officers are not equipped with body cameras.

By Friday evening, #ChristianTaylor was already trending on Twitter as communities began to raise questions regarding the shooting. Outraged advocates nationwide demanded accountability and further transparency as Taylor’s case is further investigated.

Arlington police chief Will Johnson has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help in further investigating this case, Reuters reported.