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Baltimore Pleads for Calm as Freddie Gray Laid to Rest

Baltimore man who died in police custody to be buried today
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2015 7:52 AM CDT
Baltimore Pleads for Calm as Freddie Gray Laid to Rest
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., center, speaks at a news conference calling for peace in response to a Freddie Gray protest that turned violent, April 26, 2015, at the Bethel AME Church in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – Freddie Gray, the man who died after an encounter with Baltimore police, will be laid to rest today, and thousands are expected at his 11am funeral in the city, the AP reports. Among the attendees: the chairman of My Brother's Keeper Task Force, President Obama's initiative for young men of color, and two other administration officials. Mourners streamed into Gray's wake for hours yesterday, after protests in the city turned violent Saturday, with 35 people ultimately arrested. Officials and Gray's family are calling for calm as Gray is buried today, the Baltimore Sun reports. "I haven't come here to ask you to respect wishes of the family," said Rep. Elijah Cummings yesterday. "I've come here to beg you." (Read more Freddie Gray stories.)

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