Hundreds expected at funeral for 19-year-old shot by officer

Saturday's visitation and funeral will be held in a high school field house

Children walk together behind police officers during a march protesting the police killing of Tony Robinson to the Governor's Mansion in Maple Bluff, Wis., Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Hundreds of people protesting the shooting of an unarmed biracial man by a white police officer linked arms and blocked traffic for nearly an hour Wednesday, but otherwise maintained the peaceful demonstrations called for by the man's family. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Michael P.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hundreds are expected to attend the funeral for an unarmed 19-year-old who was killed last weekend by a Madison police officer.

Tony Robinson, who is biracial, died March 6 after what police say was a confrontation in which he assaulted the white officer. A preliminary autopsy showed Robinson was shot in his head, torso and right arm.

Saturday’s visitation and funeral will be held in a high school field house to accommodate a large crowd.

Robinson’s death sparked several large protests in Wisconsin’s capital city in the past week. An open letter signed by nearly 90 clergy members on Friday said Robinson’s death exposed longstanding racial inequalities in Madison.

A state agency is investigating under a Wisconsin law that requires an outside agency to look into fatal police shootings.

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