LIVE STREAM: Funeral service held for Patrick Lyoya in Grand Rapids

Service scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Renaissance Church of God in Christ

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A funeral service is planned for Friday in Grand Rapids for 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya, a Black man who was shot and killed by a police officer after a traffic stop earlier this month.

The funeral service is planned to begin around 11 a.m. -- you can watch a live feed in the video player above.

Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy at the family’s request. Their lawyer, prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump, also will speak at Renaissance Church of God in Christ in Grand Rapids. It is open to the public and about 1,500 people are expected to attend.

An unarmed Lyoya, a native of Congo, was face down on the ground when he was shot April 4. The officer, whose name has not been released, was on top of him and can be heard on video demanding that he take his hand off the officer’s Taser.

Earlier, the officer is heard saying that the license plate did not match the car Lyoya had been driving. Lyoya, a 26-year-old father of two, declined to get back into the vehicle as ordered, and a short foot chase ensued before the deadly struggle.

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