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The man shot and killed by police during an incident in Middletown was laid to rest Thursday. YNN's Meredith Zaritheny has more on the funeral for Lennord Whittle.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- "I remember the happy times. Hhe is the most jovial person God ever put on earth. He is kind hearted," said Bayyinah Coke, Lennord Whittle's mother.
Family and friends gathered Beulah Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie to remember the life of Lennord Whittle.
"Remember him as a beautiful person he always is, loved to smile, loved to eat, jovial, always think about other people than himself," said Hermina Alflalo-Baker, Whittle's grandmother.
The 25-year-old was shot and killed by Middletown Police outside Sam's Food store on Academy Avenue late last month. At the time of the shooting, authorities say Whittle was armed with a knife, chasing another man when police opened fire.
As family and friends pay tribute to a life they say was taken too soon, they say they are continuing to search for answers.
"But it's just the way that he died. It's senseless. I have more questions than answers and there are so many unanswered questions," said Coke.
State Police, along with the Orange County District Attorney’s office, are investigating the events that led up to the shooting. They say it could be several months before the investigation is complete.
"I just need to see the truth come out and that justice is being done for my grandson at this time," said Alflalo-Baker.
The Whittle Family's attorney, Michael Sussman, says his office is also in the process of conducting their own investigation.
As for the two officers involved in the shooting, they have been placed on administrative leave.