TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa community honored and remember the life of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who was shot and killed by a Tulsa officer, at a funeral service on Saturday.
"I'm here to tell you tonight that I'm very lucky to have spent 40 years with him, but I'm also devastated. I'm devastated because it could have been 40 more,” Shea Seals, a friend of Crutcher's, shared at his funeral service.
Dash camera video released earlier this week sparked nationwide outrage.
An unarmed Crutcher is seen shot and killed by officer Betty Shelby.
Shelby claims Crutcher was acting erratic and wouldn’t follow their commands, but Crutcher had his arms in the air.
Crutcher’s family members said they’re pleased with the district attorney’s decision to file first degree manslaughter charges.
"This is just a small a small step in the journey for full justice for Terence,” another friend of Crutcher’s shared at his funeral.
Regardless of the outcome, Crutcher’s loved ones said nothing will undo what happened that day.
"Whatever charges are filed, Terence is not coming back. Whatever sentence happens, Terence is not coming back. Whatever is given to these children, the scholarships and the donations or whatever, their daddy is not coming back,” a friend shared.
"I've known you pretty much my whole life. You've never been known as a bad dude, not a bad dude. I'm going to miss you, bro. I love you, and you may be gone now, but you'll never be forgotten,” Seals shared at the service.
Shelby was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on Friday morning and released 11 minutes later on a $50,000 bond.
The medical examiner said Crutcher died from a gunshot wound to the chest, also stating the cause of death was homicide.