Hundreds attend NC funeral service for exonerated man

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – A longtime friend of Darryl Hunt says he found a note from the exonerated man saying he loved his community and describing himself as a drum major for justice.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Hunt friend and supporter Larry Little was among those who spoke Saturday at a service for Hunt, who served 19 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Hundreds of people attended the service at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

Little says he found a farewell note from Hunt at his house. Police found Hunt’s body March 13 in a vehicle in a parking lot. They later said that Hunt died from self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Friends say he was suffering from cancer.

After his release from prison, Hunt formed the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice.

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