Rayshard Brooks was laid to rest on Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia, and Phaedra Parks is reflecting on what it meant to her to help direct the funeral service. The attorney and former Real Housewives of Atlanta star spoke with ET, and she opened up about the significance of the event.
"That was a very heavy moment, but I was happy to serve the family, happy to have moments with his beautiful wife, his beautiful children and, just to be present," Parks told ET's Brice Sander via video chat on Thursday. "It’s just very heartbreaking to know there are now four young children that are… without their dad."
Brooks was laid to rest at Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. served as co-pastor. A number of Brooks' family and friends were in attendance, including his wife, Tomika Miller, and a few notable celebrities, T.I. and Tiny Harris and Tyler Perry.
"It was unbelievable how much support there was from the community. So just to see everyone come together, unify in our city, which is the Mecca of the civil rights movement, It was beautiful," Parks said. "So I was just happy I was able to serve the family and to be of service at the moment."
Brooks died after he was shot and killed by police in a Wendy's parking lot in Atlanta on June 12, just weeks after the fatal arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Brooks' death sparked even more outrage across the country amid the Black Lives Matter movement and ongoing protests.
According to Parks, after the funeral, she accompanied his widow to the location where he was killed, and they spoke about his legacy.
"She requested that we take her to the Wendy’s where the incident occurred and I rode with her in the car. And we had such a very poignant conversation about this moment in time," Parks recalled. "She said to me, 'I never knew that I would be in this place.' And I turned to her and said that, 'This place is a place of purpose. A place of power. Because you’re now the face of an entirely new movement within the movement.'"