- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Funeral services were held Wednesday for a Detroit man shot to death by a member of a regional fugitive task force that was seeking him.

Terrance Kellom’s family requested privacy at the Trinity Chapel Funeral Home on the city’s west side.

“They just want to have this time to grieve,” said Karri Mitchell, the family’s attorney. “There’s nothing really to add that hasn’t been said before about the case. We just want justice.”

Kellom was shot multiple times on April 27 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Mitchell Quinn. Police say Kellom lunged with a hammer before he was shot. His father, Kevin Kellom, has disputed the police account.

ICE has said that Terrance Kellom was wanted on armed robbery and weapons charges.

The shooting is under investigation by Detroit police. The U.S. attorney in Detroit said her office will monitor the police probe.

Kellom’s death comes amid a national debate over police conduct - particularly toward black men - following last summer’s fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Rioting erupted in Baltimore following Freddie Gray’s death last month. Gray, a black man, was injured and died in police custody.

Both Kellom and the agent who shot him are black.

About 200 people peacefully rallied last week in the Detroit neighborhood where Kellom was slain. Leaders called for restraint as police and prosecutors investigate the case.

On Wednesday afternoon, about two dozen people marched outside the Rosa Parks Federal Building in Detroit, which houses Homeland Security offices. They protested Kellom’s death and ICE’s involvement on the task force.

“We want to bring consistent attention to the dangers of police militarism in Detroit as well as the nation,” said Dennis Black, a spokesman for the Coalition for Black Struggle.

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