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Family, friends, advocates remember Troy Davis

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Pallbearers carry the casket of Troy Davis followed by family and supporters after his funeral in Savannah, Ga., on Oct. 1.

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Friends and supporters chant in the street and block traffic outside Jonesville Baptist Church following the funeral of Troy Davis on Oct. 1.

The AP reports from SAVANNAH, Ga.:

More than 1,000 family members and supporters gathered in Georgia on Saturday to say farewell to Troy Davis, who insisted even until his execution that he was innocent.

The funeral at Jonesville Baptist Church in Savannah opened with a slideshow of photos of Davis in his blue-trimmed prison uniform with his mother, sister and other family members.

The service, which lasted three and a half hours, took on a political tone with speakers calling for the death penalty to be abolished.

"Troy's last words that night were he told us to keep fighting until his name is cleared in Georgia," said Benjamin Jealous, head of the NAACP. "But most important, keep fighting until the death penalty is abolished and this can never be done to anyone else." Continue reading.

Longtime civil rights activist, Dick Gregory, speaks at a memorial on Saturday, to remember recently executed inmate Troy Davis.