Mourners are filing into New Shiloh Baptist Church to view the body of Freddie Gray, who suffered a critical spinal injury while in Baltimore police custody.
The single-file line of people passing by Gray's body is now two-wide. One man attempted to touch Gray, but a woman grabbed his hand and pulled it away.
A few sobs can be heard in the church, which is nearly filled to its 2,500-person capacity.
The church choir, accompanied by an organ, electric piano, guitar and drums has begun singing and playing. Some of the audience is clapping, joining in the singing, and shouting in response.
Gray died April 19, a week after his arrest. Police are investigating his death.
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Members of Freddie Gray's family are among the last group of mourners filing into the church before the man's funeral in Baltimore.
A woman from the family group who was first to reach the casket on Monday sobbed and dropped to her knees. She straightened out the tie on Gray's body before she was led to the front-row pew. Other mourners approached her to offer condolences through handshakes and hugs. Local media outlets identified the woman as Gray's mother, Gloria Darden.
Another woman followed, and she was led away to a pew as she began crying.
Gray died after suffering serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police. Thousands are expected at his funeral. About a half-hour before the service was scheduled to begin, the church was about half full, and announcements were made asking mourners to file past the casket to accommodate the people lining up outside.
More mourners are filing into the sanctuary for the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died after suffering serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police.
Shortly after the casket was opened Monday morning, people began to pour in to view Gray's body New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. A rope was placed in front of the casket to prevent mourners from getting too close.
One of the early mourners used a cellphone to take a picture of Gray's body.
Services were scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Thousands of people are expected. A cemetery burial is to follow the funeral.
Officials have opened the white casket bearing the body of Freddie Gray, who died after suffering serious spinal injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police, at his funeral.
The casket, flanked by eight floral arrangements on the floor, is in front of the pulpit for Monday's services at New Shiloh Baptist Church. A wreath sits on top of the casket lid.
Placed atop Gray's body is a white pillow with a screened picture of Gray.
A handful of people were inside the church sanctuary. Part of a balcony has been designated for media.
A projector aimed at two screens on the walls beside the pulpit show the words "Black Lives Matter & All Lives Matter" in red lettering.