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Many attend funeral, memorial service for iconic boxer and civil rights champion Muhammad Ali

Posted at 7:17 AM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 18:51:34-04
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Muhammad Ali has made his final journey through his hometown of Louisville. The streets were lined with thousands of mourners as his funeral procession took him to the cemetery where he was buried. His cherry-red casket, draped in an Islamic shroud, was loaded into a hearse as a group of pallbearers that included former boxers Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis and actor Will Smith left the funeral home in a double file. Ali's nine children, his wife, two of his ex-wives and other family members joined the motorcade.
 
The 17-car motorcade set out on a 19-mile route that took his body past his boyhood home as well as the museum that bears his name. There were an estimated 100,000 people along the route, some yelling "Ali, Ali," while others threw flowers. Others were quiet and reverent as the champ went by.
 
 The funeral service was private.
 
 A memorial service took place at an arena in Louisville that was attended by some 15,000 mourners, including former President Bill Clinton.
 
Ali's widow, Lonnie Ali, took the stage at her husband's memorial to thunderous chants. In her first public remarks since his death, she said Ali wanted to "use his life and his death as a teaching moment."
 
 There is one word on his headstone. Simply, "Ali."

 

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