Christian Taylor Funeral
Over 1,000 people gathered in a Texas church Saturday to lay 19-year-old Christian Taylor to rest.
The unarmed teen killed by a rookie cop whose since been fired, was remembered by former teammates and dubbed a “modest kid who had a promising future.”
More than 1,000 people on Saturday attended the funeral of a college football player who was shot and killed by a North Texas police officer answering a burglary call at a car dealership.
The service for Christian Taylor at Koinonia Christian Church in Arlington was attended by his family members, friends and teammates.
The black 19-year-old attended Angelo State University in San Angelo in West Texas, where he was to start his sophomore year on the team. The crowd gave Taylor’s teammates a standing ovation during the funeral.
Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and Police Chief William Johnson also were at the service.
A neighbor of Taylor’s family who was at the funeral, Billy Gipson, called Taylor “a modest kid who had a promising future.” He said the young man was outgoing, loving and family-oriented.
“The person you see on TV isn’t the individual I knew,” Gipson said, referring to video footage that showed Taylor behaving erratically as he wandered around the dealership in Arlington.
Family and friends said Taylor had started going to church and sharing his faith through text messages shortly before his death.
The Rev. Ronnie Goines, senior pastor at Koinonia Christian Church, said in the last two months of his life “the only thing Taylor talked about was helping young people meet Jesus.”
So sad. Here’s to hoping they get justice for this young man.