Former Zulu King laid to rest

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(WDSU)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — It’s a story of heartbreak and hope.

The family of Larry Hammond said their final goodbyes to their loved one this week.

He’s one of the many taken by COVID-19.

Hammond was a former Zulu King and a pillar of the community.

A tribute happened outside Hammond’s home Wednesday. There were hundreds of people in cars driving by his home.

His wife and family were all there, overcome with emotion.

Hammond’s family says he loved his community and mentoring the youth.

They said he died last month from COVID-19. Only 10 people could attend his funeral Wednesday, because of social distancing. That’s why so many people came out to his procession.

There was a police escort and people were seen crying and cheering.

His brother said it was Hammond’s mission to make the world a better place.

“He was giver,” Barry Hammond said. “He gave his life for others and that’s what it’s about helping others that’s what he did his whole life. I’m crying but I’m not sad because I know one day we are going to meet again.”

Hammond was 70 years old.

By: Aubry Killion

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