Family, friends and brothers and sisters in blue gathered at the BJCC Jan. 19 to remember fallen Birmingham police sergeant Wytasha Carter.

Carter was shot and killed while on duty Jan. 13. ABC 33/40’s Alex Derencz was at the funeral and has more.

They say death leaves a heartache no one can heal and love leaves a memory no one can steal. Saturday, family, friends, and strangers gathered all under one roof to say goodbye to a protector, a father and a son, Sgt. Wytasha Carter.

“The rock of his family, not just a big brother, but what we would call the problem-solver,” Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin said. “If there was beef, if there was an issue, he made it known that he would get in the middle of it and solve it because family was important.”

Carter was revered as a man who led by example, a man who Birmingham police chief Patrick Smith says, “lived a life of hope and promise.”

“I know that you are hurting right now, but you are amongst people who lived in the realm of his hope and his promise,” Smith said. “It’s up to every one of us to lend a hand to bring up his hope and his promise for tomorrow”.

As well as the promise by his brothers and sisters in blue to take it from here.

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