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Rodney King to be memorialized today at Hollywood Hills service

June 30, 2012 |  7:14 am

Rodney king in 1992Rodney King will be eulogized publicly Saturday at a Hollywood Hills memorial service.

The Rev. Al Sharpton as well as other civil rights leaders, friends and family are scheduled to attend.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Forest Lawn Hall of Liberty in Hollywood Hills, according to a statement from King's family.   

King, who became a symbol in the civil rights struggle after being brutally beaten by Los Angeles police two decades ago, was found dead June 17 at his Rialto home.

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Kali Bowyer, a publicist for the family, said the service would be open to the public but seating was limited. She said the family has “the majority” of funeral costs covered but still seeks donations to help cover flowers, programs and other costs.

Kings’ three daughters have established the Rodney Glen King Memorial Fund through Bank of America in Los Angeles County, and Bowyer said interested donors may contribute by calling or stopping at a BofA branch. She said the daughters were still searching for King’s life insurance policy and were undecided on what to do with his house.

“What they want to do is just be able to put their father to rest and have some closure,” Bowyer said.

King was awarded a $3.8-million settlement following the police beating and the ensuing riots that swept Los Angeles, but the money and fame brought him little solace. He had repeated run-ins with the law and as of April he said he was broke.  

“Rodney wholeheartedly deserved that money that he got,” Bowyer said. “Did he make the best of choices? No, but he changed a lot as he grew older.  

"He had children and he had grandchildren that he had to help support," she said. "When you start dwindling down that $3 million, it goes quickly.”  


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Photo: Rodney King in 1992. Credit: Robert Sullivan / AFP/GettyImages