Thousands Gather To Pay Tribute To Muhammad Ali

The memorial for Muhammad Ali started with a chant. The first of many religious expressions during the interfaith service.

Thousands of family, friends and fans gathered to mourn, but also to celebrate the greatest.

“He did things nobody would do. He predicted the round that he would knock somebody out in and then he would do it. He was funny. He was beautiful, he was the most perfect athlete you ever saw and those were his own words.” said comedian Billy Crystal.

It’s been a week since Ali passed away at the age of 74. There were no barriers in place during his funeral procession. Fans were free to touch his hearse, throw flowers and chant his name.

Friends say that’s exactly how the heavyweight champ would have wanted people to come together — in a spirit of peace.

“Whether you were high yellow, or boot black. Muhammad Ali loved you.” said Dr Kevin Cosby of St. Stephen Church.

“He wanted us to use his life and his death as a teaching moment for young people, for his country, and for the world.” said Ali’s widow, Lonnie Ali.

“We love you so much, daddy. Until l we meet again. Fly butterfly. Fly.”  said Ali’s daughter, Rasheda Ali-Walsh.

Former President Bill Clinton remarked, “We should honor him by letting our gifts go among the world like he did. God bless you, my friend. Go in peace.”