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SACRAMENTO — They didn’t know Stephon Clark, but they came anyway Wednesday from all around this capital city, and parts beyond. They came because they said the 22-year-old could have been their brother, or son or grandson and they wanted to try to make sure that the way he died — unarmed and innocent, as far as they could tell — will never happen again.

While Clark’s girlfriend and two young sons watched over his body for hours at BOSS Church on the south side of town, strangers shared a grief they said belongs not only to their city but to all of America.

A funeral is also planned Thursday morning for Clark at Bayside of South Sacramento church. The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to give the eulogy.

Cousin Suzette Clark said the family wants Stephon Clark remembered as an outgoing, funny, handsome, loving father of two young sons — as “more than just a hashtag.”

“I just hope it can bring people together,” she said of the two-hour funeral set to begin at 11 a.m.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“Emotions are heightened, but I just hope everyone comes and shows compassion.”

On their way in and out of Wednesday’s wake, the mourners raised tough questions: about other tactics the police might have tried, about warnings they said did not come, about another recent deadly police shooting of another unarmed black man in their city and about why some of the country’s mass murderers come away from police encounters better than Clark did.

“I’m so tired, so tired. I just don’t want to see this no more,” said Cynthia Brown, who recently retired after 32 years as an executive assistant in the state Franchise Tax Board. Brown said she never knew Clark, but came to the vigil to tell anyone who would listen that things had to change.

She had vented on Facebook the night before and invented a hashtag —[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]#StephonClarkLastOne.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“Please let him be the last one,” Brown told a reporter.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“He has to be the last one.”

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