Wake Held For Baltimore Man Who Died After Arrest

BALTIMORE (AP) —

3 p.m. (EST)

Tara Cuffee and Tina Covington said they don’t know Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died a week ago after sustaining serious injuries while in police custody.

But they say they attended a wake for Gray on Sunday to express condolences to his family. Both women have sons in their 20s, as Gray was.

“It hits home. It really does. It’s a reality check,” said Covington, 46, whose son is 27.

Both women said they have talked with their sons about how to interact with police, such as stopping in a lighted area if they are pulled over and keeping their hands on the steering wheel. They said those discussions stemmed from the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The women said they knew Baltimore had issues with police before Gray’s death.

“There is something going on in the police department that needs to change,” Covington said.

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1 p.m. (EST)

A wake has begun at a funeral home in Baltimore in memory of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died a week ago after sustaining serious injuries while in police custody.

The wake is being held at the Vaughn Green East funeral home, where a funeral will be held Monday. A church service was held for Gray earlier in the day.

The mourning came a day after violence marred a protest Saturday in which thousands of people took to the streets to demand answers in the case. Gray’s death on April 19 has intensified a national debate over police treatment of African-Americans.

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