Jonathon Bratcher's family searches for peace on day of funeral

Family of Jonathan Bratcher searching for peace on day of funeral

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Jonathon Bratcher's family said farewell at his funeral on Saturday.

According to police officers, Bratcher fired a gun before they shot him. The TBI investigation has yet to reveal a decision on whether the shooting was justified.

"Jonathon was a good guy," his cousin, Steven Jett, said.

Bratcher's service was held at St Andrew AME Church.

"Everyone makes mistakes, but there are things you didn't see," another cousin, Daniel Maclin, said. "The love he had for his family and he took from himself and gave to others."

Family members do not deny Bratcher's criminal history. In 2008, he was arrested for pointing a shotgun at a man with whom he was arguing and shot out two windows from the man's car. A few days later, Bratcher went back to the man's home and fired several shots into the house.

Bratcher was also arrested in 2001 for aggravated robbery.

Despite his past, his family members said he was working to find a better life with God.

"Strictly Christ. That's what I talked to him about," Maclin said. "Trying to bring him into a better life than out on the streets."

They want Bratcher to be remembered for what he did for his family,

"When I wasn't doing good in school, he helped me out," cousin Clayton Bratcher said. "He cared for the hood. He helped when we had nothing. He cared for everybody."

Family members said they are still waiting for more information about what happened the day he was shot, but for now, they just want Bratcher to find peace.

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