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MLK Jr. Was Mourned Here. Rayshard Brooks Will Be, Too

Funeral for black man fatally shot by police officer in Wendy's lot takes place Tuesday in Atlanta

(Newser) - The Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his very first sermon, served as co-pastor, and was later mourned after his 1968 assassination will also host Tuesday's funeral for Rayshard Brooks , the 27-year-old black man fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer in a Wendy's parking lot... More »

'Now Is the Time for Racial Justice,' Biden Tells Floyd Funeral

Floyd to be buried next to his mother after private service in Houston

(Newser) - George Floyd called out for his mother in the final moments of his life, and he will be laid to rest next to her in the Houston suburb of Pearland, reports the AP . Family and friends gathered Tuesday for a private funeral in Houston at the Fountain of Praise... More »

NYC Mayor Issued Warning on the Virus. It Didn't Land Well

Bill de Blasio accused of 'inviting anti-Semitism' after specifically cautioning 'the Jewish community'

(Newser) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was met with outrage Tuesday in urging communities to abide by social distancing guidelines in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a series of tweets, de Blasio said he'd personally dispersed a crowd of hundreds gathered to mourn a Hasidic rabbi... More »

CDC Eyes Funerals as Possible Hotbed for Virus

Agency tells morticians to consider livestreaming funerals

(Newser) - On the tail of the Center for Disease Control's warning against gatherings of more than 50 people—followed by the White House advisement to keep get-togethers to fewer than 10—the nation's funeral directors have received their own recommendations on how to manage funeral services amid the coronavirus... More »

Mourners in Military Fatigues: 'Death to America'

But not everyone is grieving Soleimani's death

(Newser) - Thousands of mourners chanting "America is the Great Satan" marched in a funeral procession Saturday through Baghdad for Iran's top general and Iraqi militant leaders, who were killed in a US airstrike, the AP reports. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds force and mastermind... More »

Deputy Accused of Using Obits to Plan Her Burglaries

Janelle Gericke was allegedly trying to break into Wisconsin homes even while pregnant

(Newser) - A former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy has been arrested after her own colleagues became suspicious she was involved in something not on the up-and-up. The Washington Post reports that Janelle Gericke, 29, was hit with a felony burglary charge Tuesday, accused of breaking into—or trying to—seven homes in... More »

Dead Man's Final Prank Leaves Everyone Laughing

Irish man recorded himself calling for help, loved ones played it as his coffin was lowered

(Newser) - An Irish man with a sense of humor left behind a final prank for his friends and family: He made a recording before his death, and after his coffin was lowered into the ground, it started playing. "Hello?" he can be heard saying. "Let me out. It's... More »

Dozens Hold Funeral for a 'Symbolic' Death

Iceland bids farewell to its first glacier lost to climate change

(Newser) - It was a funeral for ice. With poetry, moments of silence, and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Icelandic officials, activists, and others bade goodbye to what once was a glacier, the AP reports. Icelandic geologist Oddur Sigurðsson pronounced the Okjokull glacier extinct about a... More »

He Invited Strangers to His Wife's Funeral. Hundreds Came

Mourners joined Antonio Basco in paying respects to wife Margie Reckard, killed in El Paso shooting

(Newser) - He invited them, and they came. Antonio Basco, whose wife, 63-year-old Margie Reckard, was killed in the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, didn't have family of his own in the El Paso area and was worried not many people would show at her funeral, so... More »

No Family Left After Wife Killed in El Paso, Man Issues an Invite

Antonio Basco has invited the general public to Friday funeral for Margie Reckard, 63

(Newser) - Antonio Basco lost his "angel" in the El Paso mass shooting , and now he's inviting the public to her funeral. Basco's wife, Margie Reckard, 63, was one of the 22 victims fatally shot in a Walmart earlier this month, and because Basco has no remaining family now... More »

Doris Day Said No to a Trio of Things

No funeral, memorial service, or headstone

(Newser) - If you want to pay tribute to Doris Day , you won't be able to head to a cemetery. Best you can do is go to a corner of the internet. A statement posted to the Doris Day Animal Foundation's website states that Day made clear she wanted "... More »

5 People on Way to Funeral Are Killed in Car Crash

They were en route from Memphis to Chicago

(Newser) - Tragedy, compounded: Five people en route to a funeral were killed in a highway crash, reports the Southern Illinoisan . All five were residents of Memphis heading to Chicago when their SUV rear-ended a tractor-trailer Thursday afternoon on Interstate 57 in Illinois. Killed were 78-year-old Coraleen A. Luellen; 75-year-old Peggy Jackson... More »

Trump: I Wasn't Thanked for John McCain's Funeral

Senator's daughter slams 'bizarre new low'

(Newser) - President Trump continued his feud with the late John McCain Wednesday, telling an audience at a tank factory in Ohio that he "wasn't a fan" of the senator—and complaining that he was never thanked for approving his funeral seven months ago. "I gave him the kind... More »

Thousands Show Up to Honor 'Unaccompanied Veteran'

Texas cemetery urged public to attend funeral of Air Force vet

(Newser) - When the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery announced that 72-year-old Joseph Walker was to be buried as an "unaccompanied veteran," with nobody present but cemetery workers, the response was overwhelming. Roads around the cemetery were jammed and the service had to start late to accommodate the estimated 2,... More »

Slain Cop Who Stopped Immigrant Is Hailed as a 'Hero'

Cpl. Ronil Singh was killed the day after Christmas

(Newser) - A California police officer who was killed in the line of duty was hailed Saturday as a "Fiji-born American hero" who made the ultimate sacrifice for his adopted country, the AP reports. At a funeral held for Cpl. Ronil (row-neel) Singh, mourners remembered the 33-year-old as a hard-working immigrant... More »

Michelle Obama Dishes on Dubya Passing Her Things at Funerals

Former first lady says George W. Bush had 'the sense of humor to bring me a mint'

(Newser) - Another "cough drop moment" between Michelle Obama and George W. Bush? Per People and Today , the former first lady made a stop in San Jose, Calif., on Friday for her book tour, and she addressed an apparent repeat of what took place at John McCain's memorial service in... More »

Parents Want Priest Fired Over Suicide Sermon

The Hullibargers couldn't believe what they heard

(Newser) - Maison Hullibarger's suicide was painful enough—then his parents heard the priest's homily. "We wanted him to celebrate how Maison lived, not how he died," his mother Linda tells the Detroit Free Press . Hullibarger, who had five siblings and studied criminal justice at the University of... More »

Bush's Gravestone Bears a Simple Inscription

41st president was buried Thursday after a Navy hymn

(Newser) - Texas A&M says the private, graveside service for George HW Bush's family members has ended and the former president has been buried. Thursday evening's ceremony concludes days of funeral activities honoring the 41st president, the AP reports. After lying in state at the US Capitol and a... More »

Presidential Funeral Train Is First in Nearly 50 Years

It'll make a roughly 70-mile journey

(Newser) - The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George HW Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies. "I might have left Air Force One behind," Bush quipped during... More »

A 'Dramatic Moment' Before No. 41's Funeral

World leaders and past presidents to gather in DC Wednesday to remember George HW Bush

(Newser) - The mail has been stopped , the NYSE has been shuttered, and past US presidents, world leaders, and other dignitaries are converging on DC to attend the state funeral for George HW Bush. President Trump, who has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning , is set to attend the service for... More »

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