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Wake for Texas teen killed by cops draws hundreds

Wake for Texas teen killed by cops draws hundreds
Friday, January 6, 2012 - 10:20am

Hundreds of people have attended a wake for a Texas eighth-grader who was fatally shot by police who thought the boy was brandishing a handgun at school. Police later learned that 15-year-old Jaime (HYE'-meh) Gonzalez was armed with a pellet gun Wednesday inside Cummings Middle School in Brownsville.

A long line of mourners filed past his open casket Thursday night at Holy Family Catholic Church. His stepmother, Noralva Gonzalez, sobbed as she embraced each visitor. The Rev. Jorge (HOHR'-hay) Gomez apologized to the roughly 400 mourners, saying "it is our fault as adults that the world is the way it is now."

Dozens of young teens wearing white shirts sat in the pews and lined the back wall of the church. They later gathered outside and chanted the boy's name.

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