AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
DRESSED in traditional black, the widow of Lindani Myeni, the South African man who was shot dead by police while unarmed in the United States, has paid an emotional farewell to him at his funeral, which was held in Empangeni, in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.
Lindsay Myeni took mourners on a journey into her life with the man she met a few years ago in SA, fell in love, married and relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii, in pursuit of their dreams.
Lindsay shared anecdotes and spoke of her husband’s personality and bravery.
She said her 29 year-old husband, a former rugby player and the father of their two young children, was a good man who was giving and funny.
“He always arrived barefoot, singing. You know, he was just so many things to so many people that you can’t describe him or fill a spot. You can’t describe Lindani but to me he was my home, he was my safety. I trusted him the day I met him,” she said.
Lindsay and Myeni’s family pledged to continue with their pursuit for justice for him.
Bernard Mthembu, a friend of Myeni’s who lives in the US, said his death has left him feeling insecure as a black man living in the US.
Myeni’s uncle and other relatives described him as very strict but loving. The family pledged to keep his legacy alive as well as making sure that his killers were brought to justice.
Myeni’s remains arrived in SA this week and a memorial service was held for him on Thursday. The KwaZulu-Natal government has pledged to assist his family to achieve justice for him.
In Honolulu, a police investigation into Myeni’s death continues and Lindsay plans to file an unlawful death claim.