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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Memorial service and procession today for Andre Hill; Rev. Al Sharpton among speakers

Jan 5, 2021
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Family and friends will gather Tuesday morning to say goodbye to Andre Hill.

A memorial service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Road. You can watch the service on The Dispatch Facebook page.

Hill, 47, an unarmed Black man, was shot and killed by former Columbus police Officer Adam Coy shortly before 2 a.m. on Dec. 22 at the entrance to the garage of a home on the 1000 block of Oberlin Drive on the city's Northwest Side. He had been an expected guest at the home, bringing money to a woman there for Christmas presents for her children.

Hill's memorial service, which is invitation only, will be attended by the Rev. Al Sharpton, and nationally known civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Hill's family.

About the service:Rev. Al Sharpton expected to speak at Andre Hill memorial service Tuesday

Both Sharpton and Crump are expected to speak at the service, as is Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Columbus-area Democrat and the newly selected leader of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Coy, who has since been fired by the city, fired multiple shots at Hill within 10 seconds of their interaction. No aid was provided by Coy or other officers for several minutes.

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There are ongoing investigations internally by Columbus police into the actions of other officers who responded to the scene, as well as an investigation by the Columbus Division of Fire as to why it took more than 15 minutes for paramedics to respond.

City response:Columbus police, fire investigating medic response to Andre Hill shooting

Videos of shooting:Body cameras show police officers failing to aid Andre Hill for minutes after he was shot

Andre Hill's daughter Karissa Hill is comforted by family attorney Ben Crump, while Hill's brother Alvon Williams speaks during a press conferece at the Beza Community Center on the East side of Columbus, Oh. on December 31, 2020. Andre Hill was an unarmed Black man who was shot by Columbus police officer Adam Coy early on Dec. 22nd, 2020.

An investigation is also being conducted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation into potential criminal charges. The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio will review that investigation for possible civil rights violations and federal charges.

Following the service, there will be a public procession through the Brentnell neighborhood on the city's South Side, an area where Hill enjoyed spending time. Hill's casket will be carried by a horse-drawn carriage in the procession, which will end at the Brentnell Community Center. A balloon release ceremony will take place at the community center. Both the procession and the balloon release are open to the public. Masks and social distancing are requested.

Tuesday's service is being held in the same church where 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr.'s life was celebrated on Dec. 23.

Previous police shooting:Casey Goodson wanted to impact the world, family and friends said at his funeral

Goodson was fatally shot Dec. 3 by Franklin County Sheriff's SWAT deputy Jason Meade. The investigation into that shooting is being handled by Columbus police, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division under the oversight of U.S. Attorney David DeVillers of the Southern District of Ohio.

The article was originally published by The Columbus Dispatch on January 5, 2021.