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Funeral Held for Teen Killed in Shooting Outside School

Raekwon Brown, 17, was killed when gunfire went off right outside Dorchester's Jeremiah Burke High School

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    A Boston teenager was laid to rest after he was shot and killed near his school. (Published Thursday, June 16, 2016)

    A funeral was held Thursday for a Boston teenager who was shot and killed near his school.

    Raekwon Brown, 17, was killed when gunfire went off right outside Dorchester's Jeremiah Burke High School.

    Friends and family packed the Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church not just for a somber service, but also for a celebration of his life. Brown was the youngest of nine children.

    "It hurts to see him lying there, but we know he's not hurting anymore," Venus Williams, Brown's oldest sister, said.

    Brown's cousin and best friend says he was a hero who pushed an elderly woman out of the crossfire. She was one of three others injured in the shooting.

    The family said the service brought them some peace, but they will not have closure until his killer his caught. They said police have been by the house daily and are investigating several leads.

    "I'm sure people know something and they may be afraid, but they need to speak up or deaths like this are just going to keep continuing," Daryl Lowe, a family friend said.

    As they continue to search for suspects, lawmakers said this is another reason why they need to get more guns off the streets. Faith leaders also made a plea at the funeral for the community to come forward and for the violence to stop.


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