Update: The 16-year-old shot and killed by Marion police has been identified by state troopers as Aries Clark.
Arkansas State Police are investigating whether the Marion police officer was justified in shooting him Tuesday night outside the East Arkansas Youth Services building.
West Memphis, Arkansas – The funeral for a teenager turns into a brawl and a family is left more broken than ever on the day they thought they were going to be laying their loved one to rest. There were no limos, Byrd Clark marched to her son’s home going ceremony by foot, leading a peaceful protest demanding justice, that’s until she realized the funeral started without her.
“She came and took the microphone from the people who were speaking for my nephew,” said Clark’s aunt.
That’s what family members say sparked the chaos that left pews broken and tension high.
No one was arrested but everyone was pushed outside of the funeral home cutting the funeral short and making the quest for justice a little more difficult than it was before.
It’s been two weeks since the teenager was shot outside of East Arkansas Youth Services, a facility for at-risk and delinquent youth. Saturday the families attorney told us why she’s fighting for the family.
“It’s very reminiscent of Tamir Rice,” said the family’s attorney Kim Cole.
The killing of Rice made headlines because the 12-year-old boy was gunned down by Cleveland police after he brandished a toy gun.
“We are going to request any video, any audio, documentation related to this unlawful killing,” Cole said.
Even though the funeral turned into a face off and a family feud has placed everyone at odds Cole is hopeful that her findings will bring closure for the family left grieving.