‘Just Crazy’: Up to 30 People Fight at Funeral

MSNBC, February 11, 2012

A fight broke out during a funeral at a Phoenix church after a friend of the departed punched a man who had reportedly been fighting with the deceased before he died.

Phoenix police said the fight broke out Friday afternoon at St. John’s Institutional Baptist Church, when the unidentified friend recognized the other man and punched him “in honor of the fallen.”

The Arizona Republic reported that many of the other people attending began fighting, but there were no injuries and no arrests when officers broke up the scuffle.

Phoenix TV station KSAZ said the fight involved up to 30 people.


“I don’t know . . . everybody was just running and fighting and it was just crazy,” a mourner told KSAZ.

“Sad that it has to be at a funeral. Real sad,” another mourner said.


KSAZ said the funeral was for a 20-year-old man, Moses Taylor, who was killed last month after allegedly breaking into an apartment. {snip}

[Editor’s Note: This is the website for the church where the funeral took place. Scroll down for photos of the church staff.]


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  • Anonymous

    Sometimes you know who was involved just by the headline.   You can read a headline such as “Juneteenth celebration marred by gunfire” or “Easter egg hunt ends in riot by youths”  and you don’t really even need to read any further.

  • Anonymous

    Now this reeks of hopelessness. No act of community outreach, no midnight youth basketball league, no big brother program, no school voucher system, can save a people who will erupt in violence at a wake.

     It reminds me of aid workers who go to sub-Sahara to lecture on the dangers of AIDs. They tell the men of the village that if they have unprotected sex with a certain woman they will die. A month later, the same white humanitarian returns to the village to discover that all the men have contracted the disease from the woman they had been warned away from.

    It is painful to watch someone self-destruct, but it is even more painful (and dangerous) if you happen to be standing next to them.

  • This might be the only black church in Phoenix.  For its most noted ostentatious troublesome irredentist minority, Phoenix only has a paucity of blacks.

  • B

    The funeral was for a guy who broke into an occupied home and was killed whe nhe was hit in the face with an iron. Read what his mother claims what happened in the below link.


    •  Innocent as a newborn babe, of course.  What a tragedy.

    • I spent two of my tours in the USAF during the ’80s as the unit’s public affairs rep. This gave me access to all the regulations and procedures involving the duty. I learned that the various commands have multiple “canned” evasive statements, to be used after a plane crash or any other incident that generates extensive press coverage. I’ve concluded that black mothers, knowing what the future holds for their “chilluns,” write similar excuses in advance, ready to spout at times like these. (They probably  rehearse them in advance as well, complete with the requisite whines, shrieks, wails and tears.) So when little Loquacious is arrested for robbery, rape, murder or whatever, Mama chooses a piece of drivel from the pre-printed list and shrieks it out. If the intended victim fights back and kills him, a different statement is chosen and the shrieking increases to at least 100 decibels.

      Of course, if Arizona has a “castle doctrine” law, Mama’s shrieks in this case get even louder when she’s told she can’t play the “ghetto lottery” and sue the iron-wielder.

  • Anonymous

    Is it our fault they behave that way? 

  • Anonymous

    This is in the future for Whitney Houston’s funeral if Bobby Brown shows up, alone or with family. Doesn’t really matter.

  • Anonymous

    I attended the funeral of a black co-worker once.  He had been murdered by his wife.  It was the only time I have ever attended a funeral where the police were present.

    • I noticed from your nick name that you’re a roadgeek, and from your Disqus dossier from clicking on your avatar that you’re somewhere in Texas.  Do you happen to be a roadgeek whom most roadgeeks know by name?  That’s all I’ll ask.

      • Anonymous

        No.  I keep my head down but my eyes wide open.  It’s best that way, in these troubled times.

  • Dibbs on movie rights.

  • Oil Can Harry

    He was going to find a cure for cancer next week.

  • Anonymous

    An aspiring rapper who had just turned his life around, no doubt.

  • Slightly OT, Arizona celebrates its statehood centennial today.  A few interesting media articles about the history of the matter:


    The Confederacy actually recognized a territory called “Arizona” before the Union.


    On the 50th anniversary of statehood, Barry Goldwater makes some predictions for Arizona in 2012.  There is one that he got wrong, and thankfully so.  Him making that prediction spoke to his libertarian ideology acting as a reality distortion field.

  • A game of Guess The Race to start the day. I saw the name “Moses” and guessed black.

    Yay! I win! Realization of my dispossession, what a booby prize.