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Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson to be honored at Friday wake, Saturday funeral service

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson will be honored at a wake Friday and funeral Saturday, less than a week after his unexpected death.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is pictured. (

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is pictured. (

Thompson, 50, died last Sunday — just five days after announcing he was battling cancer and did not plan to step down from his position.

“As a man of intense faith, I intend to fight and win the battle against this disease," Thompson announced on Oct. 4.

Thompson, Brooklyn’s first African-American District Attorney, was elected in 2013 and gained notoriety for establishing the Conviction Review Unit and playing a major role in ensuring nearly two dozen wrongfully convicted people gained years of life.

Services remembering Thompson will be held at the Christian Cultural Center, at 12020 Flatlands Ave. in Brooklyn.

His wake takes place Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., and the home-going service is Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.