More than 1,000 people attended the funeral of Troy Davis held yesterday at Jonesville Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia. Davis was celebrated as a martyr and foot soldier by his family, supporters and other activists who pledged to continue pushing to abolish the death penalty in the U.S.
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Davis’ September 21 execution for murder sparked worldwide protests and brought public outcry against capital punishment.
The crowd was brought to its feet in a chant of “I am Troy Davis” led by Benjamin Todd Jealous, national president of the NAACP. Many of those in attendance also wore t-shirts with the slogan, which supporters used to paint Davis as an everyman forced to face the executioner by a faulty justice system.
R.I.P Troy Davis…