MEMPHIS — His siblings remembered his passion for skateboarding and his love of photography. His siblings said that he was independent, confident and comfortable. in That was him. at An early age 29 years old Tyre Nichols was on his way.

However, his family and hundreds of others gathered for the funeral service on Wednesday to say goodbye. His relatives stated that they are still looking for meaning. in The murder of Mr. Nichols at The hands of Memphis He was beaten by police officers who took him out of his vehicle. His mother, RowVaughn Wells, said she was sustained by the idea that her son had been part of a divine mission — “sent here on assignment from God” Change the operation of police in Memphis All across the country.

“I guess now his assignment is done,” Ms. Wells spoke from the pulpit at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, “and he’s been taken home.”

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On Wednesday, the main message was, as speaker after speaker said, that there was a new mission. It would be lead by Americans that were horrified and angered by nearly an hour of video showing Mr. Nichols being punched, kicked and pepper-sprayed.

“This is a family that lost their son and their brother through an act of violence at the hands and the feet of people who had been charged with keeping them safe,” Vice President Kamala Harris said at The pulpit. She stated that one of the most important parts of this mission would be to renew efforts to pass federal legislation to increase accountability in cases of police brutality.

Harris was a Senator and helped to create the George Floyd Justice in Police Act passed in the Democratic-controlled House in 2021 but failed in The Senate. She called upon Congress to approve the bill, and she said President Biden would sign it. This was well received by the crowd.

“We will not be denied,” Sie said. “It is not negotiable.”

This was the service. in Induction ceremonies are in many ways a ceremony that officially adds Mr. Nichols into a group Black men and women who have died causing widespread anger and activism.

Philonise Floyd was there, his brother George Floyd who was shot and killed by a cop. in Minneapolis. Tamika Palmer was the mother to Breonna Taylor’s son, Breonna, and she was fatally shot by the police. in Louisville. Eric Garner’s mother, died in New York City and Botham Jean’s sister, who were gunned to death in His own apartment in Dallas were also there. Tiffany Rachal was the mother to Jalen Randle (a 29-year old Black man). who was killed by a Houston police officer Last year, the Gospel song was sung. “Lord I Will Lift My Eyes to the Hills.”

They were there to signal Mr. Nichols’s Death was the most recent blow in This was not an easy task. “These are not isolated incidents,” Ben Crump is a civil rights lawyer representing many families including Mr. Nichols’s. His mother hopes that his passing could lead to something greater than his mother.

On Jan. 10, Mr. Nichols, three days after an unjustified traffic stop turned into a violent beating by his accomplice, died. Memphis Police officers were part of an elite unit that was formed in order to stop a rising tide of violence. in This is the city.

Video from the officers’ body cameras and a stationary surveillance camera that was released last week showed the assault and Mr. Nichols begging for his life. The encounter began as officers approached his vehicle — they claimed he was driving erratically, although the city’s police chief has said no evidence of that has emerged — with guns drawn and pulled him from his car. After shouting contradictory commands, the officers used pepper spray to disperse Mr. Nichols who fled.

Officers quickly caught up to Mr. Nichols, and attacked him with a number of punches. Nichols’s While two officers held him back, he was able to lift his head.

Crump pointed out that, within 20 days after his death, five police officers had been fired because of using excessive force, failing to render help, and were later charged with second degree murder and other felonies. Scorpion, an elite group that patrolled high-crime areas, was disbanded.

“His legacy will be one of equal justice,” Mr. Crump spoke of Mr. Nichols. “It will be the blueprint going forward.”

The roads were flooded by an ice storm in Memphis treacherous. Due to the weather, Wednesday’s funeral had been delayed by several hours. However, hundreds of people packed into Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church to pay their respects. in This is the heartbeat of the city.

“It is good for us to be together in the same space,” said J. Lawrence Turner, the church’s pastor, “and, yes, cry with each other and also find hope that will drive us to hopefully dismantle this culture that normalizes this kind of violence.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton gave the eulogy. He sought to tie the death of Mr. Nichols into the greater history of MemphisThis includes the assassination and murder of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

He pointed out that Dr. King was his. in Memphis in an attempt to assist sanitation workers on strike. He noted that Mr. Nichols’s death were also Black — a fact that added to the anguish for him and many others.

“The reason why, Mr. and Mrs. Wells, what happened to Tyre is so personal to me,” He was referring to Mr. Sharpton, Mr. Nichols’s Stepfather and stepmother “is that five Black men that wouldn’t have had a job in the Police Department, would not ever be thought of to be in an elite squad, in the city that Dr. King lost his life, not far away from that balcony — you beat a brother to death.”

Advocates for the officers urged the public not to jump to conclusions, noting that not all video footage proved conclusive.

While the funeral was meant to be a call-to-action, it also served as an opportunity to recall Mr. Nichols’s life before his name was used as a rallying cry. in Protests are taking place all over the country.

Mr. Nichols has moved to California. Memphis in 2020, to be near his mother. His 4-year-old son was with him on the second shift. at FedEx Facility in Memphis.

According to his family, his name was from “Silverado,” one of his mother’s favorite movies, a Western released in 1985. The sheriff’s deputy was named Tyree.

Keyana Dixon, Mr. Nichols’s An 11-year-old sister described caring for him as a child, while he wanted nothing more than to eat cereal and watch cartoons. “I see the world showing him love and fighting for his justice, but all I want is my baby brother back,” Through tears, she spoke. “Even in his demise, he was still polite: He asked them to ‘Please stop.’”

Jamal Dupree, his brother, said that Mr. Nichols had seen the entire world. in He did not. He pointed to the photographs that Mr. Nichols had taken, which were shown during the service. “He set his own path,” According to Mr. Dupree. “He made his own light.”

Video: Mr. Nichols called his mother in the video “Mom, mom, mom,” He replied. His home was located less than 100 metres from his.

He said that hearing the calls for assistance resonated deeply with him. This made Sharpton think about his mother. He was so reliant on her that he turned to her for safety and comfort.

“All he wanted to do was get home,” He spoke to the congregation. “Home is not just a place. Home is not just a physical location.”

“Home is where you are at peace,” His voice rose as he continued to speak. “Home is where you don’t have to keep your dukes up. Home is where you’re not vulnerable. Home is where everything is all right.”

The reporting was done by Eliza Fawcett, Jacey Fortin And Remy Tumin.