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St. Louis (KSDK) - St. Louisans said a final goodbye Saturday to a beloved friend, colleague and leader.

27th Ward Alderman Gregory Carter was laid to rest ten days after being killed in a crash on Highway 370 in St. Charles County.

Carter's funeral was held at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Visitors filled the church with love and prayers for Carter and his family. They reflected on his life and his successes as a leader in the St. Louis community.

Those who spoke at the service talked about Carter's dedication to his family, his neighborhood and the city he so dearly loved. And they all agreed he served as alderman with class and a swagger like no other.

One of the most powerful moments of the service was when 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy spoke. He said someone told him the other day they thought they'd heard the voice of Frederick Douglass, they thought they'd felt the spirit of Sojourner Truth, they thought they'd heard the movement of Harriet Tubman moving through the 27th Ward.

Kennedy said, "No you didn't, that was Greg Carter."

Gregory Carter was buried this afternoon at St. Peter's Cemetery in St. Louis. He is survived by his father Willie, his wife Barbara and his children Gregory James II and Jennifer.

Gregory Carter was 54 years old.

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