Funeral services for Lowcountry man killed by police in Charlotte postponed

Keith Scott

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Funeral Services for Keith Lamont Scott, the 43-year-old man who was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, is postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.

Murray’s Mortuary of North Charleston is in charge of the services. A wake was scheduled to be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Folly Road Church of Christ on James Island. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of James Island.

Murray’s Mortuary posted on its website Tuesday evening “that due to inclement weather, services are cancelled! Please check website daily for updates.”

South Carolina authorities are preparing to evacuate more than 1 million people from low-lying coastal areas, such as James Island, as Hurricane Matthew threatens.

If the forecast doesn’t change before Wednesday morning, Gov. Nikki Haley says she will begin a massive evacuation effort that involves reversing lanes to allow drivers on the wrong side of about a dozen highways at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Scott’s death led to two nights of violent protests, including unrest hours after the shooting Sept. 20 and more violence in downtown Charlotte the next night.

Authorities have said an officer shot Scott after the man refused to drop a pistol as he exited a parked vehicle. Videos don’t show whether Scott was armed.

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