Hundreds of mourners arrived in Texas Thursday to attend the emotional funeral of Botham Jean, the black man who was killed by a white police in his own apartment last week.
Emotional family, friends and community members gathered to pay their respects to Jean, who was only 26 when she was fatally shot by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger on September 6.
The visit began at 10 a.m. local time with funeral services to start around noon. The words "go home" were embroidered on Jean's coffin lining, according to Dallas News.
The relatives passed by Jean's coffin at the Church of Christ on Greenville Avenue in Richardson, while a slide of his life was on display.
A bus was provided from Harding University, about five hours away in Arkansas, where Jean attended school.
Students and alumni packed the bus to honor their friend who was originally from Santa Lucia.
Guyger, 30, lived in an apartment under Jean and claims that she went wrong to her apartment thinking it was her own. She told the police that when she reached the front door, it was ajar and the lights inside were off. She says she entered, saw a "dark silhouette", gave verbal commands and then shot the man, believing he was an intruder.
But Jean's family says their story is full of holes.
Heartbreaking: Brandt Jean, Botham's brother Jean cries when he arrives for his brother's funeral with his mother, Allison Jean
The devastated family of Botham Jean who was shot dead by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger arrives for his funeral at Christ Church on Greenville Avenue in Richardson, TX
Support: You see Botham's sister, Allisa Charles-Findley, on the left when she arrives at her brother's funeral
The visit began at 10 a.m. local time with funeral services to start around noon. The words "go home" were embroidered on the lining of Jean's coffin. Family and friends are represented above
Jean's funeral was held at the Church of Christ on Greenville Avenue in Richardson, to accommodate the large number of mourners
Botham Jean's family says he had never met police officer Amber Guyger before she killed him in his apartment on Thursday
They say that the banking associate was afraid of the dark and that he would never have had all the lights off inside.
They also say that he would not have kept the door ajar because it was unsafe, and they pointed out that he had a red doormat in the front of his apartment, which would have been impossible for the policeman not to detect and realize that he was in the wrong place. .
"He made sure everyone knew that this is mine, it's my red carpet," said his mother.
Botham's family says that the policeman should also have known it was not his apartment because of his red doormat (top)
They also revealed on Wednesday that Jean, who moved to the United States from his native Santa Lucia in 2011 to attend college, was terrified that he would be considered a black man living in Texas.
"He told me he was a black man in Dallas, that he does not walk with his hands in his pockets.
"Just so he does not have any profile," his teenage brother Brandt told CBS this week.
Jean's mother, Allison, said she would never have sat at home in the dark.
"When he heard that his door was open, he never – and without the lights off – he would never do that.
– He was like me. He does not like darkness. "
The witnesses told the family lawyer that seconds before they heard Guyger shoot his gun, they heard a woman in the hall banging on her door and shouting: "Let me in, let me in!"
After the shooting, another person said that they heard a man shout: "My God, why did you do this?"
The witness believes that these may have been Jean's last words.
Guyger called 911 immediately and was seen walking from one side of the corridor to the other in his police uniform while making the call.
Jean was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead later.
The police took three days to arrest Guyger. She was admitted to jail on Sunday for a murder charge and was rescued by a lawyer with $ 300,000 bail.
The funeral service program is shown above. Guyger, 30, lived in an apartment under Jean and claims that she went wrong to her apartment thinking it was his
Since then, she has not said anything. The district attorney is weighing whether to increase the murder charge.
Meanwhile, her family was forced to deny accusations of racism.
The complaints arose when a photograph of Guyger appeared with a relative in which the man makes a gesture with his hand.
Some said he was spelling the letters & # 39; W & # 39; and & # 39; P & # 39; P & # 39; – to be able to target. In another image, the policeman is photographed with a woman wearing a "All Lives Matter" shirt.