Thousands of mourners were expected to be at funeral services Monday for Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died after suffering a fatal injury following his arrest by city police two weeks ago. The service is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET at New Shiloh Baptist Church. To watch a live stream of Gray's funeral, click here.
Representatives of the White House will be among funeral attendees. Broderick Johnson, a Baltimore native who heads My Brother's Keeper -- President Barack Obama's initiative for young men of color -- will be joined by two other administration officials, a statement from the White House said.
Family members have asked the community for a day of calm to lay Gray to rest. On Saturday, a massive, mostly peaceful demonstration left several businesses and cars vandalized. The gathering turned destructive outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where fans attending a Baltimore Orioles-Boston Red Sox game were temporarily forbidden from leaving over safety fears. Approximately 35 people were arrested, police said.
Gray was arrested April 12 after fleeing officers in a high-crime area of Baltimore. While in custody, he suffered a severed spine and crushed voicebox, and died a week later. Police were still investigating how and when the fatal injury occurred.
Hundreds of mourners who didn't know Gray attended his wake at a funeral home Sunday afternoon. Earlier on Sunday, members of the Empowerment Temple Church of Baltimore donated money toward Gray's funeral services. Neighbors, friends and family have said Gray was well-liked by older residents of his neighborhood and by his peers for his sense of humor and easygoing personality. He had some prior police run-ins, mainly on drug charges and minor crimes, court records obtained by the Baltimore Sun showed.
On Sunday, elected officials reiterated the family's calls for calm. "I got so many calls and messages last night and this morning from people who certainly expressed frustration and grief about the tragic death of Freddie Gray but wanted to also explain how heartbroken they were that our city was vandalized by a small group of individuals," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said during a news conference Sunday.
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., also reminded the public that Gray's family had pleaded for peace. "I haven't come here to ask you to respect wishes of the family," Cummings said during the Sunday news conference. "I've come here to beg you."