Family, friends, and elected officials gathered to mourn Ma'Khia Bryant as she is laid to rest, and her high school principal gave the 16-year-old a posthumous diploma

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  • Ma'Khia Bryant, the 16-year-old girl killed by a policeman, was laid to rest on Friday.

  • A memorial service for Bryant was held at the First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio.

  • The funeral comes 10 days after Bryant's death, and as an investigation into her shooting continues.

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A funeral service for Ma'Khia Bryant, the 16-year-old girl fatally shot by a Columbus, Ohio, police officer, was held on Friday.

Family and friends gathered to remember the teen in an emotional ceremony as the investigation into her shooting death continues.

The service opened with a somber musical prelude as a minister recited Bible scriptures. After the reading, the minister opened up about Bryant.

"This little girl has touched and shaken the world," the minister said. "She didn't live long, but she lived well. And she made a difference," he continued as the audience applauded.

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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and Rep. Joyce Beatty, who represents Ohio's third congressional district, were in attendance.

Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, another Black woman killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky, was also in attendance.

Singing and prayers continued in the first minutes of the service. A soloist delivered a rendition of "Great is Thy Faithfulness" before Bryant's cousin, Don Bryant, rose to deliver remarks.

"Today, the family is sad. The family is hurt. The family is angry. We look at a grieving mother and father, who miss their daughter so much," Don Bryant said.

Bryant is remembered as a young scholar

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A person attends the funeral of Ma'Khia Bryant, a Black teenage girl fatally shot by police, in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., April 30, 2021. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse

Emmanuel Anthony, principal of the Academy of Urban Scholars High School where Bryant was a student, spoke fondly of the 16-year-old girl before presenting her family with a posthumous honorary diploma for Bryant.

"This tragedy hits differently for me, because I looked at Ma'Khia as one of mine," Anthony said.

"In every crisis, there is also an opportunity," Anthony continued. "While we have a crisis in America with racism, and police killing unarmed Black men and women - and not even sparing our children - we also have an opportunity in the Black community to go back to that collective and community mindset, to say that even though this child didn't come from me, this is still one of my children."

Anthony talked about a need for community members to learn conflict resolution he said may help prevent situations that lead to police intervention, which itself has frequently resulted in the deaths of unarmed Black people. The remarks were received with cheers and applause.

Bryant's shooting death occurred on the same day a Minnesota jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

Her family says they want the officer responsible for shooting Bryant to be held accountable. Insider's Haven Orecchio-Egresitz previously reported the family is considering legal action.

In his eulogy for Bryant on Friday, the Bishop Timothy Clarke encouraged the family in their mourning. "Ma'Khia is worth grieving. She is worth missing. She is worth crying over," Clarke said. "We will talk about her. We will remember her. And we will allow ourselves to grieve her."

"Good night, sweet princess. We'll see you in the morning, when the saints go marching in, and the children of God are gathered home."

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