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Andrew Brown Jr.'s family, friends gather for private funeral; Rev. Al Sharpton to give eulogy

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Family and friends of Andrew Brown Jr. were gathering at a funeral service Monday to honor the life of the man fatally shot by North Carolina sheriff’s deputies last month in a case that has drawn national attention amid calls for accountability and transparency.

Brown, 42, who was Black, was shot five times, including once to the back of his head as deputies with the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office were serving search and arrest warrants related to alleged drug offenses at his Elizabeth City home.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is set to deliver the eulogy at the invite-only funeral at noon Monday. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is part of a team of lawyers representing Brown’s family, and the Rev. William Barber II, leader of the Poor People’s Campaign, will also give remarks.

On Sunday, Brown’s loved ones and the public paid their respects during a viewing at a funeral home in nearby Hertford. Brown’s casket was open from the waist up and a thin veil covered his face.

A video tribute played during the public viewing for Andrew Brown Jr. at Horton's Funeral Home in Hertford, N.C., Sunday, May 2, 2021.

This week, Brown’s family is set to see more bodycam video of his April 21 death. A judge ruled last week not to release the footage to the public but that Brown’s family should see more than the brief, edited clip they were already shown.

“My dad got executed just by trying to save his own life,” Khalil Ferebee, one of Brown’s children, said after viewing the 20-second clip. “Those officers were in no harm of him at all.”

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