Tony Robinson Funeral
1,000 people recently packed out a high school auditorium for the funeral of Tony Robinson, the 19-year-old unarmed teen shot by police in Wisconsin.
At least a thousand people gathered at a Wisconsin high school Saturday afternoon to pay respects to a 19-year-old biracial man who was fatally shot by a police officer more than a week earlier, in an incident that sparked protests.
The auditorium at Madison East High School surpassed its 1,000 person capacity, prompting additional people attending the funeral for Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. — known to friends and family as Terrell — to filter into the gym and watch the 4 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) service on screens, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
Even more people had come earlier for the two-hour visitation, the Journal reported.
Robinson, whose mother is white and whose father is black, was shot by Madison Police Department Officer Matt Kenny on March 6 after a confrontation, according to police.
Robinson was unarmed.
An autopsy report released by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office Friday said the 19-year-old was shot in the head, torso and upper body.
The shooting, which prompted peaceful protests and community gatherings throughout the city, is under investigation by the state Division of Criminal Investigation.
But on Saturday the family requested respect, and mourners who showed up with signs were told to put them away, The Associated Press reported.
Now that the autopsy shows that the teen was shot in the head, torso and upper body do you think the officer used excessive force????