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Walter Scott laid to rest

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The hearse containing Scott's flag-draped coffin departed from downtown Charleston for the site of the funeral in Summerville Saturday morning. (Photo Source: WCSC) The hearse containing Scott's flag-draped coffin departed from downtown Charleston for the site of the funeral in Summerville Saturday morning. (Photo Source: WCSC)
SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

Hundreds of mourners arrived Saturday morning at a Summerville church to attend the funeral service of Walter Scott. 

Scott's funeral service was held at 11 a.m. at the W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center on 301 Crosscreek Dr. The start time of the service was delayed due to the volume of people who attended. 

"Oh Lord, too many, lots of people," family member Sherry Freeman said.

"The people who are here are fed up too, and that's a way of saying we're tired, we're looking for a change, we need change because we're all human beings. That's what all of this is saying," Evangelist Michelle Felder said.

The service went on for just over two hours, after which the procession made its way to Live Oak Memorial Gardens on Highway 61 in West Ashley where Scott was laid to rest.

Local and state leaders in attendance at Scott's funeral included Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon, Congressmen Jim Clyburn and Mark Sanford, and U.S. Senator Tim Scott, among others. 

Clyburn, who attended the service despite battling a cold, said it was important for him to be there to show support for Scott's family, who live in his district.

The six district Congressman also said would ask State Senator Marlon Kimspon to push for several issues in the case, including the child support system and the need for body cameras, and push for change.

Early Saturday morning the hearse carrying Scott's American flag-draped casket left the Fielding Home for Funerals in downtown Charleston, where a viewing had been held the night before. A procession of 50 to 75 cars traveled down Highway 61, making its way to the site of the service. 

Scott, 50, was a father of four and spent two years in the Coast Guard. 

His brother, Anthony, fought back tears as he spoke Tuesday night of Walter, saying he had two brothers but now only has one.

Anthony described Walter as the extrovert of the family."He was the most outgoing out of all of us. He knew everybody. He knew family I didn't know," Anthony said. 

"He was an outgoing person, loving and kind. That was his nature," Anthony said.

Scott was shot to death on the morning of April 4 by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, 33, following a traffic stop. Witness video showed Slager fire eight shots at Scott's back while the man attempted to run from the officer. 

According to the Charleston County Coroner's Office, Scott died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the back. 

Slager was charged with murder Tuesday, and fired from the police department. He is being held in protective custody at the Charleston County Detention Center. 

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