West Memphis Boy Laid To Rest After Being Shot By Police

July 1, 2007 - Posted at 9:20 p.m. CDT

WEST MEMPHIS-DeAuntae Farrow was playing outside on June 22nd when West Memphis police thought the boy was holding a gun; moments later Farrow was dead.

Sunday, a nationwide community of support formed in West Memphis.

The afternoon began with a gathering just down the street from where 12 year old Farrow was shot and killed.

A single casket aboard a horse drawn carriage told the story of a life cut tragically short.

Reverend Al Sharpton was on hand to comfort a family full of tears and outrage.

As family and friends tried to pull themselves together, the funeral procession began it's trek across town.

Turn by turn, and inch by inch, the body of Farrow weaved its way through the streets of West Memphis.

Nearly everyone took a moment to stop and remember.

But as the procession ended at the Civic Auditorium, a silence came across the crowd as pallbearers removed Farrow's casket and carried it up into the auditorium.

For one family member, it was still simply too much to bear, as she screamed aloud and collapsed among friends.

But wearing red ribbons of remembrance, the family slowly made their way inside.

As the emotionally charged morning came to a close on the outside, inside the West Memphis Civic Auditorium, the attention focused on 12-year-old DeAuntae Farrow.

A choir sang the words, "Nobody but Jesus."

While those songs of glory worked to heal the broken community, Reverend Sharpton took to the stage to reflect on the strength of togetherness.

"One of the reasons I'm here today is because I don't care who doesn't like it, or who doesn't approve of it. If you touch our children anywhere, we are going to come from everywhere," said Sharpton.

Hundreds filled a packed auditorium to hear his words.

"It hurts us and cuts us deeply when a child's life is cut off before it is allowed to blossom," said Sharpton.  "When you don't know how to act right locally, we know how to reach out nationally. Now you are going to learn how to respect folks here, because they've got more folks that's ready to come in here."

When the life of a child is taken so abruptly, Sharpton says it's time to stand up.

"Ya'll already had the trouble. We didn't come to start the trouble. We came to stop the trouble," exclaimed Sharpton.

So as the life of 12-year-old DeAuntae Farrow was remembered, the community looked above for guidance singing, "He'll make a way. He'll make a way. Yes He will. Yes He will."

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