Antwon Rose II. Was "confused and anxious," he wrote in a 2016 poem.
"I see mothers bury their sons," it said. "I want my mother never to feel that pain."
On Monday, two friends of Antwon, 17, a rising high school graduate from Rankin, Pa., Who was killed last Tuesday by a police officer from East Pittsburgh read the poem "I'm not what you think!" As a family, Schoolmates and friends gathered for Antwon's funeral at his school, Woodland Hills Middle School, in Swisvale, Pa.
Antwon died after he was shot dead three times by a vehicle during a traffic stop. The police said he and another passenger fled after an officer had stopped the Chevrolet Cruze they were in because it was thought to have been involved in a previous shooting. The driver was taken into custody, interviewed and later released, police said.
During an interview on Sunday with " Good Morning America" Antwons mother held Michelle Kenney, Antwon's father, Antwon Rose Sr., shook hands as she talked about her son's loss. She said that the officer who shot Antwon, who was identified by the authorities as Michael Rosfeld, "murdered my son in cold blood".
Antwon's father had a message for the protesters: "Keep fighting, do it peacefully."
At the funeral, in a packed auditorium at the school, friends and family shared memories of Antwon and painted a thoughtful picture and funny boys. He played basketball and shone in his school. He played saxophone.
At the family's request, many wore purple in the set – a special color for Antwon.
"Antwon's death shakes my heart, it shakes my belief that things will ever get better or worse. The injustice will always end," said Gisele Barreto Fetterman, who met Antwon when he volunteered at the Free Store, one of hers founded charity, reported. "Slowly, too slowly, things will get brighter, even if they are so dark now."
She told the mourners how difficult it was for them to talk about Antwon in the past tense. She said she wanted to cheer him on graduation and was proud to know him as "a bright light".
S. Lee Merritt, who represents the Rose family, said in a telephone interview that because of the close relationship between Allegheny County District Attorney and the local law enforcement agency, he would ask the district attorney to adopt himself and allow the attorney general or the Ministry of Justice to indict the officer Raising Rosfeld to Avoid Biases
Attempts to reach Officer Rosfeld's lawyer on Monday were unsuccessful. Officer Rosfeld Has Retired
The Allegheny County Police Department, which is investigating the episode, did not release any new information on Monday.
A fundraiser to cover the cost of Antwon's funeral has exceeded her goal, Mr. Merritt said Antwon's mother plans to start a scholarship in his memory.
During the funeral, Ms. Fetterman said in a later interview, two of Antwon's friends began reading his poem, which was printed on the program celebrating the teenager's life.
"You found it difficult for them," she said.
Antwon's mother stood on stage with them and clung to their shoulders and waist as they read the poem:  I try my best to make my dream come true
Me Hope it is so
I'm confused and scared