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Hundreds attend funeral for man who died after struggle with Stonewall officer

  • This July 14, 2015, file photo shows items left at a makeshift memorial at the site where Jonathan Sanders is believed to have died in Stonewall, Miss., after a physical encounter with a police officer. Hundreds of people gathered in the Family Life Center Church in Quitman to remember the life of Sanders on Saturday, July 18. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

    This July 14, 2015, file photo shows items left at a makeshift memorial at the site where Jonathan Sanders is believed to have died in Stonewall, Miss., after a physical encounter with a police officer. Hundreds of people gathered in the Family Life Center Church in Quitman to remember the life of Sanders on Saturday, July 18. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this July 14, 2015, file photo, Stonewall Police Chief Michael Street speaks to a assembly of concerned Stonewall, Miss., residents, about the death of Jonathan Sanders, following a physical encounter with a police office. Hundreds of people gathered in the Family Life Center Church in Quitman to remember the life of Sanders on Saturday, July 18. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

    FILE- In this July 14, 2015, file photo, Stonewall Police Chief Michael Street speaks to a assembly of concerned Stonewall, Miss., residents, about the death of Jonathan Sanders, following a physical encounter with a police office. Hundreds of people gathered in the Family Life Center Church in Quitman to remember the life of Sanders on Saturday, July 18. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of people gathered in the Family Life Center Church in Quitman to remember the life of 39-year-old Jonathan Sanders.

Sanders, who had been driving a horse and buggy died after a fight Wednesday with a Stonewall police officer in neighboring Lauderdale County. There is no consensus of what occurred that night.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death.

WTOK-TV in Meridian reports family and friends described Sanders as unselfish and a man who loved everyone.

Others said it was a time of reflection, mourning and celebration as they said goodbye to Sanders.

Sanders' minister, Rev. Spencer Richardson, delivered the eulogy and said the healing starts for the Sanders' family as does the search for justice in the investigation of his death.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com