Funeral held for man who died in fight with police officer

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Posted: Jul 18, 2015 5:45 PM
Funeral held for man who died in fight with police officer

QUITMAN, Miss. (AP) — A standing-room only crowd of hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday in the Family Life Center Church in Quitman to remember the life of 39-year-old Jonathan Sanders.

Sanders, who had been driving a horse and buggy died after a fight Wednesday with a Stonewall police officer in neighboring Lauderdale County. There is no consensus of what occurred that night.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death.

WTOK-TV in Meridian reports (http://bit.ly/1J7NvKq) family and friends described Sanders as unselfish and a man who loved everyone. Others called the funeral a time for reflection, mourning and celebration of Sanders' life.

The Rev. Spencer Richardson, who delivered the eulogy, told Frances Sanders, Jonathan's mother, the healing now starts for the family as does the search for justice in the investigation of his death.

"This not just about being black or white. This not just about being rich or being poor. The picture is a lot bigger than that. This is not just about a flag hanging on the pole. I need you to understand that this is a whole lot bigger.

"Today Mrs. Frances your healing starts, but for us today justice begins," Richardson said.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the Sanders' family lawyer, said: "We're all the Lord's vehicles so we can't get mad at him when he calls home what is rightfully his. What we have to do is thank him; thank him and praise him for giving us Jonathan in the first place."

Burial followed the service at East Galilee Cemetery in Rose Hill, about 100 miles east of Jackson.

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Information from: WTOK-TV, http://www.wtok.com