CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. -- Keith Scott's family said their final goodbyes in his hometown in Charleston County Friday.
Scott died on September 20 after CMPD Officer Brentley VInson shot and killed him. His funeral was delayed due to Hurricane Matthew, however, a few hundred filled the First Baptist Church of James Island to pay their respects.
"He was a laid back gentle giant, protector of his family and loved ones," said Danielle Murray, who grew up with Scott. "He was a good guy."
Scott's first cousin, Harold Smalls, drove down from Charlotte for the service.
"It was really heartbreaking to know my cousin didn't get to live the life like he wanted to, and I hope the kids be fine," he said.
Scott, 43, was the father of seven children ages 25 to 9. His immediate family wore all white for the funeral, where emotions ran high.
"We're allowing this family to grieve," said attorney Eduardo Curry. "This is a process today to allow that. After they've started that process of grieving and healing, obviously, we will continue to pursue every avenue of justice for Keith Lamont Scott."
The Scott family will not be in this pursuit alone. Activist Johnathan Thrower spent several days protesting in Charlotte after the shooting. He says he had to come to Scott's funeral to pay respects.
"We want to show that there's solidarity between the family and those of us who are protesting out in the streets," he said.
Thrower spoke before the church during the remarks and said Scott's death inspired activism in many young people who now feel like they have something to fight for.
"We just want to let the family know that there are a group of activists that have been given life, have been given a rebirth and we're going to fight until we can't fight anymore," Thrower declared.
The SBI is investigating the shooting. They have not released the autopsy conducted by the medical examiner, however, Scott's family had one conducted on their own.
The findings, released Thursday, state Scott was shot three times, with a fatal shot to his back. The Scott family disputes the police account of the shooting, where they claim he had a gun and refused to drop it.
After days of protest and calls for transparency, CMPD released body and dash camera footage that shows various angles of the shooting. Smalls says it was very difficult to watch.
"Used be one person's word; now, everybody gets a chance to see what happening, and to me, I didn't see no gun, I could be wrong," he said. "Give him a chance to surrender, you know. It seems like he didn't get that opportunity."
"That whole process occurred in three minutes, so we are doing our investigation. We are asking SBI to do their investigation and hopefully at some point we will have some clarity and some answers to some questions," said the Scott's attorney.
Answers family and friends hope will bring healing and change.
"I just hope the city comes together and I just hope his death don't go in vain," said Smalls
CMPD has requested an independent investigation by the Police Foundation in Washington D.C. They will also look into the department's practices.
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