Wake held for man shot by police while brandishing pipe

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Mourners attended wake services Thursday for Saheed Vassell, the mentally ill Crown Heights man who police shot and killed after he brandished a pipe that officers and witnesses say they mistook for a gun.

Vassell, 34, was killed on April 4. His death led to protests and a state attorney general investigation.

The service was closed to the media, but people outside told News 12 that Vassell was known to be mentally disturbed but also harmless.

A number of mourners wore clothing designed to commemorate his life.

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