Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett hosted a rally and benefit for the children of Charleena Lyles, killed by Seattle police on June 18, at Judkins Park on Saturday.
Bennett, an active Black Lives Matter supporter, helped put together the event in hopes of bringing change and awareness, but also to raise money and support for Lyles’ family and children.
Lyles, 30, had reported a burglary attempt at her Magnuson Park home. The two officers who responded to her call contend Lyles was shot after brandishing a knife. An investigation is ongoing.
During his speech opening the event before a crowd of several hundred, he announced his plans to raise money throughout the upcoming NFL season to pay for scholarships for each of her three children.
Following Bennett’s words, families who said they were victims of police violence spoke about the loss of their loved ones.
Lyles’ cousin performed spoken-word pieces and prominent Black Lives Matter and racial equality activists also spoke.
Bennett signed Seahawks-themed chairs and a canopy, which were auctioned to kick off his fundraising effort.