ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX47) — Gov. Tim Walz is asking Minnesotans to spend two minutes in silence to honor Daunte Wright on the day of his funeral in Minneapolis.
The moment of silence will take place on Thursday from noon to 12:02 p.m. to mark the start of the funeral service.
Wright died on April 11 after he was shot by Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter. Potter has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
“Daunte Wright was beloved by his family, neighbors, and community, and had his entire young life ahead of him. We mourn the loss of Daunte Wright, and as a state we offer our deepest condolences to the Wright family,” Walz said in a news release. “We know that this tragedy is connected to the deep, systemic racism in our society that Black people in Minnesota and across the country face every single day. While nothing can bring Daunte Wright back to his loved ones, we must continue to work to enact real, meaningful change at the local, state, and national levels to fight systemic racism so that every person in Minnesota – Black, Indigenous, Brown, or White – can be safe and thrive. We must be steadfast in our accountability to change from the top to the bottom, and not rest until we create a different future for Daunte Wright’s son, and every other child like him.”