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Family, friends, strangers remember 'The Greatest' at his childhood home

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Muhammad Ali's Brother, distant cousins and hundreds of complete strangers paid their respects today at the childhood home of “The Greatest.” 

Red boxing gloves grab hold of white daisies outside the pink house on 3302 Grand Avenue in remembrance of Ali.

“I grew up you know looking up to Ali,” Donald Ware said.

“He kind of showed us that against all odds you can be anything,” Talena White said.

“My brother would want people to take away from this -- love each other, be kind to one another,” Ali’s brother Rahman Ali told WDRB News.

Rahman paid his respects along with hundreds of others who came and went throughout the day.

The impact Muhammad Ali's passing has on the Louisville community spans generations. Cars were lined up and down the street outside the home he grew up in as people came to show their respects. Many of them recalling the impact he had on their lives and the rest of the world.

“He tapped me on the head and said God bless you young man. Then he shook my hand and pat me on the head again,” Ware said.

“He stood up for what he believed in even through the civil rights era and fighting for those rights and was very vocal about it,” Raheel Ahmed said.

“He would say I'm going to be the greatest boxer. I'm going to be the World Champion. People said to him you can't do that kid, but he did it and accomplished all his goals in life,” Rahman said.

“That gives us hope that we can do great things like Muhammad Ali has done great things,” Demeatres Ralston said.

Balloons, pictures and flowers were placed at the historic marker of his home and on the steps leading up to the front door. Visitors took pictures and posed like they're about to throw a punch and taught the young ones about “The Champ.”

“He was strong in a lot of ways. He has a will to win. Not only in the ring but outside. I mean he faced a lot of adversity,” Jay Lilly said.

While many celebrated his life -- they said it's still hard knowing he's gone.

“It hurts, you hate to see good people go,” White said. “We lost a great. He said it himself – the greatest. We lost a great one.”

“I'm proud of my brother. I will see him in heaven one day,” Rahman said.

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