In the wake of Tyre Nichols' death, the Rev. Al Sharpton called Nichols' parents to let them know he and the National Action Network – the civil rights organization he founded – would support them in any way they could.
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The church's senior pastor, the Rev. J. Lawrence Turner, said he expects is anticipating the funeral service to be "at capacity" and has been planning with his church and those close to the family. "I think there will be north of 2,500 persons there," Turner said. "Our staff and a committed team of volunteers are working together in coordination with the team from the Crump (law) firm and the National Action Network to accommodate everyone who is coming to celebrate Tyre Nichols' life."
Turner said there will be security services present to coordinate at the service, along with controlling the crowds Wednesday, but he expects "everybody to have a safe experience." He said he isn't sure if there will be a strong reaction to the presence of high-profile officials, but he believes it shows a sense of solidarity and will help bring further attention to what happened.
"There is a profound sense of sadness and outrage about what happened to Tyre Nichols," Turner said, adding that personally he is grieving as a Black man, with a Black son.
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