Final Farewell: Harlem Mourns Jordan Neely, Another Black Life Lost to Vigilantism


From right, attorney Donte Mills; Jordan Neely's father, Andre Zachery; attorney Lennon Edwards; and Neely's aunt Mildred Mahazu are at a news conference in New York City on Friday, May 12, 2023. U.S. Marine veteran Daniel Penny, 24, who used a fatal chokehold on agitated fellow passenger Jordan Neely, 30, on the New York City subway, turned himself in Friday as authorities charged him with manslaughter nearly two weeks after the encounter. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
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Mourners gathered today at Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem to remember Jordan Neely, a 30-year-old homeless Black man who was tragically killed aboard a New York City subway train. Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy at the ceremony, which is being livestreamed.

Neely’s life was cut short when Daniel Penny, a 24-year-old white ex-Marine, choked him into unconsciousness. A distressing video, which has now gone viral, shows Neely under duress with two unidentified men aiding in the restraint. Independent journalist Juan Alberto Vasquez, who filmed the incident, reports nearly was pleading for food and water prior to the altercation.

Daniel Penny, center, is walked by New York Police Department detectives detectives out of the 5th Precinct on Friday, May. 12, 2023 in New York. Manhattan prosecutors announced Thursday they would bring the criminal charge against Penny, 24, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, in the May 1 death of 30-year-old Jordan Neely. (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon)

Penny has been charged with manslaughter, while his defense claims self-defense and protection of other subway passengers.

Well known locally as a Michael Jackson impersonator, Neely’s mental health struggles began following his mother’s murder when he was just 14. He’s now being laid to rest by the same pastor who officiated his mother’s funeral.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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