sfgate.com – Amy Graff – A massive brawl broke out between up to 20 family members during a funeral for an elderly woman in Richmond on Aug. 6, leading to one injury, one arrest and $20,000 in damage, officials said.
The Richmond Police Department said it responded to the Rolling Hills Memorial Park at 1:30 p.m. after several reports of a “chaotic altercation” between eight to 20 family members who were reportedly armed.
Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy said it was an instance of family drama that started between a brother and a sister who were attending their mother’s funeral and who do not get along — and “it goes back many years.”
The brother and sister sister were talking and got into an argument, when her boyfriend came over and encouraged her to walk away, Pomeroy said.
“The brother started beating on the boyfriend, and that’s when it escalated and it became a brawl and we started to get calls,” he said.
At some point during the physical fight, the brother got into the vehicle with the intention of driving over his sister, Pomeroy said.