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Emotional funeral honors Daunte Wright after police shooting

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Hundreds attended Daunte Wright’s funeral to mourn the 20-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Jeff Pegues shares more.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: Well, the Twin Cities have experienced a full range of emotions in a week that saw Derek Chauvin convicted of murdering George Floyd, and today, the funeral of Daunte Wright, killed by an officer's gun. CBS's Jeff Pegues reports from Minneapolis.

- I was so happy and so proud. And he always said he couldn't wait to make his son proud.

JEFF PEGUES: Daunte Wright's mother called him a ray of light.

- When he walked in the room, he lit up the room. He's going to be so missed.

- (SINGING) Freedom over me.

JEFF PEGUES: Hundreds of people packed Shiloh Temple International Ministries in Minneapolis to remember the 20-year-old who was shot and killed by an officer last week.

- He was a prince and all of Minneapolis is stopped today to honor the prince of Brooklyn Center.

JEFF PEGUES: Wright was stopped for an expired tag, and found to have an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. When former officer Kim Potter jumped in to assist in the arrest, she grabbed her gun instead of her taser, firing a fatal shot.

KIM POTTER: Holy [BLEEP]! I just shot him.

JEFF PEGUES: Wright's killing sparked days of protests and clashes with police. Potter has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, and is awaiting trial. At this Brooklyn Center salon less than two miles from where Wright died, co-owner Reese Bonaparte says it's hard to shake what she has seen on tape. She fears for her safety, and that of her teenage son.

You think of him when you saw Daunte Wright?

- Yeah. I think of him when I see Daunte Wright, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, all of them. It's devastating, it's scary. I'm scared. I'm scared for myself.

JEFF PEGUES: Wright's memorial here on this Brooklyn Center sidewalk appears to be growing by the minute. Today, the governor of Minnesota called for a moment of silence and meaningful change to fight systemic racism. Norah?

NORAH O'DONNELL: Jeff Pegues, thank you.