Funeral Service Held For Homeless Man Killed by LAPD Officers

Charly Leundeu Keunang was shot and killed during a March 1 struggle with Los Angeles police on Skid Row

A funeral service was held Saturday for a homeless man who was shot and killed by police officers on Los Angeles' Skid Row more than two months ago.

Family members of Cameroonian national Charly Leundeu Keunang arrived from the East Coast to Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles' West Adams District to remember the man many knew as "Africa."

Keunang, 43, was killed March 1 by LAPD officers who were responding to a robbery report on Skid Row. During the confrontation, captured on surveillance cameras, police body cameras and witness video, Keunang struggled with one of the officers over the officer's gun during a struggle, according to police.

"We have labored for the last few months to try to bring dignity and a real human story to the life of a man who tragically lost his life," said Gregory Johns of West Angeles Church of God and Christ at the funeral.

Keunang's family alleges in its $20 million claim against the city that the "cop-created killing" was the result of excessive force and "reckless mistakes."

An attorney representing the family says the LAPD has not spoken to the family.

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