Hundreds attend funeral of Walter Scott

VIDEO: Hundreds attend funeral of Walter Scott

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Courtney King never knew Walter Scott.

The California native drove ten hours from Mississippi, joining hundreds who attended his funeral Saturday.

"We wanted to support the family and stand in solidarity against police brutality," she said.

Saturday's funeral for the 50-year-old father of four was held at 11 a.m. at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center in Summerville, one week after his death.

Scott was fatally shot 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.

"You can't place all policeman in the box," added Evangelist Loretta Gregg of West Ashley.

"You have some good and some bad, and that's in every department."

Carla Justice, a family friend, who grew up next door to Walter Scott, is still coming to grips with his death.

"I didn't live with them when I grew up, but they were there, and I knew they were there, and I could count on them."

"This is such a tragedy, not for their family, and our family, but for the community."

Scott will be laid to rest at Live Oak Memorial Gardens in West Ashley.

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