Ronald Edgar McPhatter, also known by his nickname "Banga," was laid to rest earlier today (June 4) via a solemn service in his native of Brooklyn.
Family, friends and peers attended the private funeral that was held at Brown Memorial Baptist Church, where attendees included Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, NYC City Council member Jumaane D. Williams, Erica Ford (LIFE Camp, Inc.), Mysonne, Lil Mami and others.
As family dressed up in all white for the procession, McPhatter's brother Shanduke McPhatter delivered a heartwarming eulogy.
"Anybody who knows my brother, knows you can hell him not to do something 100 times and he'll do it. Mother told me this is what he wanted to do, he wanted to be there, he wanted to be everywhere making people smile," he shared. "My brother wasn't supposed to be there that night, he was planning to go to an all-white boat ride. He wasn't going to no boat ride, he was going home he knew it and there was no stopping him."
The service was solemn, but the celebratory energy prevailed. At every mention of McPhatter's smile, the entire sanctuary erupted in applause.
McPhatter grew up with two set of twin siblings. He leaves behind his mother Pastor Rosetta McPhatter, his sisters Jamie and Shanetta, his brothers James and Shanduke, as well as nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins and host of family and friends.
"We don't want Edgar life to be a waste so something good will come out of this," said Bishop Gary Coach, host of the ceremony. "It's not how long you lived but how well you lived and Edgar lived well. He wanted to be famous and he is."
McPhatter was laid right beside a heart-shaped bouquet of roses that featured the letters "BSB," an homage to the crew he was a part of with Troy Ave.
During the service, his mother also shared some kind words for Troy Ave, who is currently being held without bail until his trial begins in the Irving Plaza concert shooting. "I just wanted to share with you all, if you're righteous people that pray, pray for Troy Ave," said Rosetta McPhatter. "He needs your prayers and is going through a lot right now."
Before the end of the ceremony, Bishop Gary Coach said the following: "God fixed everything and he will bring justice to what happened to Edgar. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. God will fix this."
Reporting by Joed Esperance