As a helicopter hovered above the police procession making its way through the five streets and one bridge closed for the occasion, the words penned days earlier by Tracy Jennings on Facebook proved prophetic:
“It’s going to be a weeks long disturbing memorial for this dog…money raised and collected from all over the country, streets blocked off—the flags are already at half staff,” she wrote. “Then there is the Black Wilkinsburg family who more than likely struggle to bury their son.”
The next day, during a Feb. 3 Alliance for Police Accountability meeting, Mae Chandler confirmed that funeral arrangements for her nephew Bruce Kelley Jr., shot to death by Port Authority of Allegheny County police officers after he fatally stabbed police dog Aren, remained unsettled because, the family didn’t have the money.
“I think taking a life over a dog is the worst thing I can ever hear in my life. To kill my nephew because he killed a dog, it’s not right,” she said. “And they’re having a funeral for the dog, and my sister has to try and get enough donations to try to bury her son.”