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Ex-NFL safety, community activist Keion Carpenter laid to rest; service draws thousands

Ex-NFL safety, community activist Keion Carpenter laid to rest; service draws thousands

Had he lived, community activist and former NFL safety Keion Carpenter would have kicked off the week as he always did — with a prayer party.

“Every Monday, at 9 a.m., Keion and I would stop what we were doing and phone each other, strictly to pray,” said Ben Long, pastor of Rehoboth Light of the World Church in Woodlawn, where Carpenter was a member. “For 10 minutes, we’d pray for success in whatever we had on our plates for the week. It really set the tone.”

Sadly, this Monday was different. Before a crowd of about 2,500, Long delivered the eulogy at a funeral service for Carpenter, 39, who died Dec. 29. The 2-1/2-hour program, at New Psalmist Baptist Church in northwest...

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