Fight breaks out at funeral for 16-year-old shooting victim

Brawl breaks out at teen's funeral
Aries Clark (Source: Facebook)
Aries Clark (Source: Facebook)

MARION, AR (WMC) - Tensions escalated into a fight between family members at the funeral for the teen shot and killed by the Marion Police Department.

On July 25, Marion police officers shot and killed 16-year-old Aries Clark outside an emergency shelter.

There aren't many details available about what happened leading up to the shooting outside the East Arkansas Youth Services building.

Arkansas State Police are investigating, but Clark's family isn't waiting for the result.

"Police investigating the police, I've seen time and time again where that doesn't always mean that's what happened," said the family's attorney Kim Cole.

Clark's mother, Vicky Byrd, said she still has no details about what happened to her son.

She's now determined to get justice and wants to see someone held responsible for what she called his murder.

Saturday, she brought attention to that fight for justice by walking seven blocks through West Memphis to the funeral home.

"I will walk for my son in the name of justice and for justice because it needs to be done, and it needs to start happening now," Byrd said. "So, I walk."

But things changed drastically when the family ended their walk at the funeral home.

A fight between Byrd and the rest of the family broke out after she discovered the funeral had started without her.

"You're 30 minutes late for your own son's funeral!" said one witness. "You already had him cremated; you already took everything from us. For us not to see him, and then you come up here extremely disrespectful."

No one was seriously injured, but pews in the church were broken and police were called out to the scene.

Byrd declined to talk on camera about the incident. Instead, she insisted she is simply focused on her quest for justice.

"If anyone knew my son, they knew how special he truly was," Byrd said.

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