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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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  1. This is a deep reminder that it is time to go back and connect with the Higher Power of this Universe. I know what it feels like to lose a little brother too young. We are all in this together and I love you all.

  2. It’s appaling. When is the government taking action to stop this domestic terror? As for Tyre Nichols’ family, I pray peace for them.

  3. God’s Peace to the family. VERY Encouraging to see Our Vice President stayed by his mom the whole service. Beautiful Memorial.

  4. Rest in peace Tyre! Your work here on earth is done. Now, be with Jesus, and watch over your son, and family. We will fight for your justice, and your name will not be forgotten. 🙏🏾🕊

  5. Dear Lord bless this son’s family, bless this child to be blessed and healed for the rest of his life, Jesus comfort this mother and father everyday they wake up. Jesus comfort their hearts, their lives, heal in Jesus name.

  6. Very gorgeous, blessing service may God be with the family half grace and mercy up on this family. Lord give them the strength and wisdom to carry on through life, and Tyree he is in a better place, and the Lord is going to take wonderful care of him. He don’t have to worry about this hateful, devilish world anymore and you best believe them policeman‘s. They are going to get was coming to them. Oh yes, Mark, my words and justice will be served for all of them who ever passed away and his type of predicament.

  7. I still cannot believe the evil that was present when Tyre was murdered! May God send comfort to his family and keep Tyre in the center of God’s heart during this time.

  8. I wept 😭😭😭 throughout the entire services…It was honestly an emotional 😭😭 time in Afro American history. It’s just sad and extremely unfortunate that we as BLACK persons come together in death I just honestly wish we could come together on happier times. RIP BELOVED Tyree Nichols 🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️

  9. So sorry for the loss of your son may you find strength during this difficult time prayers goes out to you and your family and his baby. Praying 🙏 for you all

  10. My Deepest heart felt condolences to the Mother and children , family he left behind. Justice will prevail. May you Rest in Paradise Tyre.🙏🙏.you will never be forgotten.

  11. My prayers and condolences to his family. May God continue to strengthen you and give you all peace 🙏🏽❤️

  12. This has touched a lot of hearts black and white. We’re all human beings and by that being said God’s children. There should NEVER be a senseless killing of how this man died. I have children (men) his age and I just couldn’t imagine what this family is going through. May God rest his soul and I believe he is in the higher clouds. Only Satan would have this done, not God. Beautiful service. I pray justice is served for this family.

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