Hundreds of people poured into New Hope Missionary Baptist Church on Monday to celebrate and honor of the life of 30-year-old Charleena Lyles.
“Charleena was my only daughter, and I’m going to really truly miss her,” said her father Charles Lyles. "It’s an extremely hard day for me. I love my grandkids, and I love Charleena, and the police just snatched her from my life, and I want justice. I want justice for her and mainly for her children.”
Charleena Lyles is survived by her four children, her siblings, her father, and her step-mother.
There were many from the community who came to pay their respects but didn’t know Lyles.
“I’m mad about today,” said Reverend Dorinda Henry, who spoke at the funeral. "I'm mad that we are burying another black woman who has died at the hands of police violence. It’s alright to be mad when people are supposed to protect us are killing us.”
Lyles will be buried at Hillcrest Cemetery in Kent.
Remembering Charleena Lyles' during funeral
Lyles was fatally shot by two police officers who responded to a burglary call at her apartment June 18. The officers say Lyles confronted them with a knife, and they opened fire.
Three of her four children were in the home at the time of the shooting. Lyles was known by Seattle Police for having a mental condition and was told by a judge earlier in the year to get a mental health evaluation.
Seattle police have up to two months to complete an internal investigation into the use of force in her shooting death.