Some questions may still linger about the cause of Sandra Bland’s death, but family and friends gathered Saturday to bid farewell to the 28-year-old woman who moved to Texas this summer to begin a new chapter in life.
Her hometown church, DuPage African Methodist Episcopal, in Lisle, Ill., held the funeral service, according to ABC 13 Eyewitness News. Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday at the suburban Chicago church that Sandra Bland attended for several years.
Bland was found dead in her jail cell this month after a violent arrest by a Texas State trooper in Waller County, after Bland failed to signal a lane change. Her death itself and what caused it has created outrage all over social media and has even pushed some 2016 presidential candidates into the center of the #BlackLivesMatter debate. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton along with Donald Trump have both condemned Sandra Bland’s arrest as “aggressive.”
A minister who was close to Sandra Bland told ABC’s Kaitlin McCulley that the funeral service was going to be a celebration of Bland’s life and of her fearless, outspoken spirit. Everyone who attended the service was singing Bland’s favorite songs and prayed for her family, the minister said.