- A memorial service was held on Thursday in honor of Botham Shem Jean, the 26-year-old black man who was shot to death by Dallas cop Amber Guyger last week
- Perhaps the most rousing speech came from Jean’s uncle, Ignatius, who told the congregation that Jean had been „snatched from us by the quick-to-trigger finger of one trained to protect and serve.“
- „Perhaps the good that might overcome this violent, heinous act will be that those who are trained to serve and protect will serve with love and peace and not violence and bullets,“ he added.
- Jean’s actual funeral will take place in his native St. Lucia at a later date.
The uncle of the black man who was shot to death in his apartment by a Dallas cop last week gave a rousing speech at his memorial service on Thursday.
Friends, family and coworkers painted Botham Shem Jean as a devout Christian who was a friend to all during an afternoon service, held at the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ.
Perhaps the most moving testimony came from Jean’s uncle Ignatius, who scorned the white woman who killed his beloved nephew, a native of the island of St. Lucia.
Ignatius said that the sounds of Officer Amber Guyger’s gunshots „did not have the resonance to be heard on our small island, but it’s impact was of nuclear proportions.“
„Our prince royal was snatched from us by the quick-to-trigger finger of one trained to protect and serve,“ he said.
„Perhaps the good that might overcome this violent, heinous act will be that those who are trained to serve and protect will serve with love and peace and not violence and bullets,“ he added, to a round of applause.
Guyger has told investigators that she accidentally shot Jean, after mistaking his apartment for her own. The 30-year-old four-year veteran of the force has since been charged with manslaughter.
Jean’s parents were in attendance at the service. His father, Bertram, briefly took to the microphone to thank everyone for their support.
„He was so loved, I will miss him dearly,“ Bertram said of his son.
Alexis Stossel, a friend from college, was among the many other that spoke about Jean at the service.
„He was always in service to others, even when it wasn’t convenient for him,“ Stossel said.
She said he was „joyful,“ a friend to all he met and „truly a gift from God.“
„I know that he’s up there bouncing around, singing at the top of his lungs and I know we all can’t wait to be up there with him,“ she said.
Tim Ryan, senior partner and chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, also spoke at the funeral about how well loved Jean was at the company he joined straight out of college.
He said he received several emails from Jean’s coworkers after he died showing how popular he was at the accounting firm.
„Our world is better off having had him on this Earth and our society will learn from him and become even better,“ Ryan said.
Jean’s official funeral will be held at a later date on his native St. Lucia.
Source: Business insider