The funeral for a 16-year-old boy who shot and killed by police outside of a youth services center in Marion, Arkansas, last month was cut short when a gathering of angered family members turned into an all-out brawl.
Few details have been released about the moments leading up to the shooting death of Aries Clark, but some family members, including Clark’s mother, Vicky Byrd, took to the streets in a peaceful protest and call for justice as they marched to the teen’s funeral.
But when Byrd and other family members arrived at the funeral, tensions escalated to violent proportions, leaving pews broken and attendees pushed out of the facility. No serious injuries were reported.
One family member told reporters she was angered that Byrd showed up half an hour late in an “extremely disrespectful” manner, but Byrd was apparently angered to discover the funeral had started without her.
[ WMC News 5 ]