LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Funeral services will be held Monday for the man killed in a shooting six weeks ago near Red Rock National Recreation Area.
D’Andre Berghardt, Jr. will be buried at Palm Downtown Cemetery after 11 a.m. services at Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church (3606 N. Rancho Drive).
Disorientated while wandering in Red Rock Canyon on Valentine’s Day, Berghardt was shot and killed by officers from the Bureau of Land Management. Metro is still investigating the shooting.
A lawyer representing the family said that various delays, including the forensic examination of Berghardt’s body, contributed to the delay.
In the interim, community leaders have worked together to give Berghardt a respectful burial. The ceremony will be led by various clergy including Rev. Kelcey West of Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church, Bishop Tyrone Seals of Heritage Mortuary, Pastor Ontiwaun Carter of International Restorer of the Breach Ministries, and Dr. Robert E. Fowler Sr., Pastor of Victory Baptist Church.
“Our priority has been to ensure that not only is Mr. Berghardt buried, but that he is buried with respect,” said Jacob Hafter, attorney for Berghardt’s estate.
Hafter has been working with a variety of representatives throughout the community to plan the burial. “The significant response from various members across the community is an overwhelming affirmation that Las Vegas will not allow a parent to bury their child alone,” he said.
Tracy Meadows, Berghardt’s mother, said that she “is blessed for the support that the community has provided. We could not have planned such a respectful service without the support and assistance which so many people have graciously given to me and my family.”
Numerous donations were received to assist with funeral costs. Palm Downtown Cemetery provided a burial plot at a discounted rate. Mr. Garland of Valley Funeral Home donated a casket. The clergy who are assisting have donated their time and services. Logistical assistance has also been provided by Toni Terrell of The Answer Newspaper and H&H BBQ Plus 2. Additionally, numerous private donations have been received to subsidize burial costs.
Berghardt was in the process of moving to Las Vegas from Southern California, after spending two years there taking care an aunt battling metastatic breast cancer.
Berghardt was to begin working with his brother who lives in Las Vegas. Berghardt was supposed to take a bus from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to begin this new chapter. He never showed up at the Las Vegas bus stop where his brother was waiting for him the night before he was killed.
For more information, call Hafter at (702) 405-6700.