Fans, friends honor legacy of late rapper DMX at East New York ceremony

Fans and friends came out to memorialize late rapper DMX at the Christian Cultural Center in East New York Sunday.
The center was full of people who came to his homegoing ceremony, but many others also stood outside with the hope to get as close to the service as they could.
The service was restricted to friends and family because of capacity limitations due to the pandemic.
The 50-year-old rapper and actor died earlier this month.
Over the last few days, there have been memorial services that attracted thousands of his fans and united them in their mourning.
Some of those fans shared with News 12 how DMX touched their lives.
Executive producer of the Youth Empowerment Show Schneidine Michel said DMX was instrumental in his contributions to the Black music industry. She said she attended the tribute in support of DMX's Ruff Riders.
Randal Jeffers, who visited from Baltimore, remembers the rapper for his passion for pets, particularly dogs. He added that DMX inspired him to come back to visit New York to pay homage to his legacy.
Shane Bizz, from Miami, called DMX "the Michael Jackson" of his time and added that he was a poet who spoke to the Black culture as well as the hip-hop culture.
DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, was originally from Yonkers, but has no lack of fans in the New York metro area.