Tyler Perry Is Helping the Family of Rayshard Brooks by Covering the Funeral Costs

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27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by Atlanta Police earlier last week, and Tyler Perry is stepping up to help the Brooks family. 

Rayshard Brooks was a father of three young girls, ages 1, 2, and 8. NBC News reports that Brooks was shot two times in his back in a Wendy’s parking lot after some conflict with two police officers.

Actor, producer, and director Tyler Perry has made the decision to cover the costs of the young man’s funeral. This will help lessen any stress or burdens on the Brooks family.

Prior to Brooks’ death, Perry spoke out about the importance of coming together to create a change within the Black Lives Matter movement. He posted his thoughts on Instagram, saying, “I spent the past few days with an extremely heavy heart, having very high-level conversations with people who don’t look like me, people who may not believe what I believe, people who don’t know what it’s like to be Black in America but were willing to listen…white people who are Republicans and Democrats, with different opinions, different views, and different ideas and strategies on how to stop this! White people with the power to have this go either way.”

 

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Brooks’ death caught the attention of other celebrities, such as Justin Timberlake and Billie Eilish. Timberlake used Instagram to share how as a father, this death hits him much harder. “As a dad, this photo hurts. #RayshardBrooks was a father of three girls…1, 2, and 8 years old. He should not be dead.”

 

Rayshard Brooks’ life was taken unjustly. His story resembles that of countless other black men. We send our love and support to Rayshard Brooks’ family. May he rest in peace.