Friend of Indiantown man shot by deputy: ‘He’s not the kind of guy to make trouble’

INDIANTOWN — Choruses of hymns and amens echoed from the pews of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Indiantown as James Richardson walked to his brother’s casket.

Feet away from the front of the small chapel, James Richardson paused and smiled at the community that joined together Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the life of his brother, who was fatally shot by a Martin County sheriff’s deputy Friday night.

This was why James Richardson decided to hold a service for his brother in Indiantown before returning his body to their home in Alabama, he said before the service.

“When I saw the outpour of support that the community of Indiantown had for Jerry and how much he was loved, I decided to give a viewing here,” James Richardson said. “It would be robbery to take that away from them.”

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