Trayford Pellerin's funeral is taking place Thursday at Philadelphia Christian Church.
Public viewing was at 9 a.m. and the funeral began at 11 a.m.
Pellerin, a 31-year-old Black man, died Aug. 21 after Lafayette Police officers shot him 10 times at close range. Pellerin was walking toward a convenience store when police shot him.
Pastor Omar Thibeaux called Pellerin a "fallen son of this city."
He thanked Mayor-President Josh Guillory, his director of minority affairs Carlos Harvin and other civil and church officials for paying their respects.
He also spoke of the trauma his death has inflicted on Lafayette's Black residents.
"It's a pain brought about by racism and race-bait practices," he said. Each time police kill a black person, he said, it brings back 400 years of racial trauma in this country.
'We're brought back to all the horror's of master's plantation when this happens," he said.
He called on White residents of Lafayette to try to see the pain this shooting and other racial injustices have inflicted on their Black neighbors.
He said some White people struggle to see their children in Black children, their family in Black families.
“We have trauma and they have a disconnect, which results in a lack of empathy, compassion, mercy and love," he said.
"For my European brothers and sisters, you have to know, show and go,” he said. He said they need to know the pain and trauma of the Black community, show compassion and make a connection, and then go and teach other White people what they've learned.
“Lincoln said all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. That’s why we say silence is violence. If you see us, know us and hear us, say something and do something,” Thibeaux said.
The Rev. Als Sharpton, a Baptist minister and national civil rights activists, said he wanted to come to the funeral to offer condolences to the family and to support those in Lafayette who have been protesting the police shooting.
"I want Lafayette to know that this is a disgrace," he said. "Lafayette is going to get justice for Tray."
If a Black officer shot a White man nine or 10 trimes, he said, "we wouldn't have to march downtown."
He said protesters are not asking for favors. "Just follow the same procesure you'd follow for anyone else," he said.
"Tray could have been my little brother; Tray could have been my son," he said, bringing the church to its feet. "Enough is enough. Stand up and do what's right!"
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