Funeral held for Brooklyn District Attorney
Hundreds said their final goodbyes to the late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson Saturday.
His funeral was held at the Christian Cultural Center in East New York.
Thompson died from cancer Sunday at the age of 50.
Thompson was a man many looked up to as he was the first African-American district attorney in Brooklyn. He took office in 2014.
Crowds of people were waiting at least an hour before the service to pay their respects.
"I wanted to be here for him, his family and all of what he represented here in Brooklyn," said Patrika Wellington of Bed-Stuy.
One of Thompson's first moves as DA was to create a conviction review unit and since it was established 21 people have been exonerated.
Many politicians including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo were in attendance.
Thompson leaves behind his wife and two young children.
There is still no word on who will permanently replace Thompson. People at the funeral said whoever is chosen will have big shoes to fill.