The first funeral will be held Friday for one of the victims in the.
The family of 67-year-old deacon Heyward Patterson will say their final goodbyes. At the request of his widow, Civil Rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver his eulogy.
A prayer vigil was held Thursday for the victims and their loved ones, who are still coming to grips with their grief.
At a press conference, Patterson’s 12-year-old son covered his face as his mother cried.
“I need a village to help me raise and be here for my son, because he has no father,” Tirzah Patterson, his ex-wife, said.
Others will soon follow behind, as they too prepare for their loved ones’ funerals in the coming days.
Robin Whitfield said her 86-year-old mother, Ruth, was her best friend and the two had been planning an evening out.
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SOURCE: CBS New York, John Dias