Updated at 12:30 p.m. with funeral beginning and quote from Jean’s minister:
Hundreds of mourners filled a Richardson church for the funeral of Botham Jean Thursday afternoon, a week after the 26-year-old was shot in his apartment by an off-duty Dallas police officer.
Visitation began at 10 a.m. at Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Richardson as mourners filed past Jean’s casket in front of a photo slideshow of his life. Funeral services were scheduled to start at noon.
A bus from Harding University, the Arkansas school that Jean attended, arrived full of students and alumni who knew the native of Saint Lucia.
Women passed out corsages to several mourners, whose attire ranged from traditional black to anti-violence T-shirts.
In the casket, Jean wore a tie that matched the red roses and the same suit featured in his beaming Facebook photo.
The words “going home” were embroidered into the coffin’s lining, along with several flying birds.
Brandt Jean, wearing a matching outfit, stood over his big brother for a few minutes, patting his chest, straightening his lapels and looking at the stained-glass window above him. A group of mourners tried to comfort him, rubbing his shoulders.
While bouquets were still being arranged, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins was the first to stand at Jean’s casket. He stood at the altar quietly for a few moments, then he turned, picked a tissue off a nearby pew and walked to the back of the sanctuary.
“Bo didn’t see color; Bo saw love,” minister Michael Griffin said during the service. “If you came with something else on your mind today, I’m sorry, but you can’t with the wrong agenda.”
Officer Amber Guyger has been charged in Jean’s death, which occurred Sept. 6 when she shot him after she entered his apartment, saying she believed it was her own.