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As family members gather, a dove is released in tribute to Aaron Jerel Shannon Jr., who died after he was shot in the head on Halloween.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

William Shannon, Aaron's grandfather, bids farewell at the graveside.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Aaron's sister, Amani Smith, is helped by Fraiser Cexil as she puts a flower on his coffin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Aaron Shannon Jr., 5, after funeral services at the City of Refuge church.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Beverly Cooper, in yellow, the mother of Aaron Shannon Jr., 5, is comforted during the funeral service.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Aaron Shannon, center, the boy's father, grieves during funeral services for his son.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

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Nearly 400 people gathered at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena to say goodbye to Aaron Jerel Shannon Jr., who died after he was shot in the head on Halloween while showing off his new Spider-Man costume.

Read Scott Gold’s full story: “A congregation buries a child and prays for change.”

3 Comments

  1. November 13, 2010, 11:15 am

    My condolance to the family. End this madness.

    Rudolf from Vienna, Austria

    By: just.me@aon.at
  2. November 14, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Aaron is my nephew and like a don to me he always wanted to give me candy after halloween when I would call to ask how much he had gotten he would brag about his toys and clothes and everytime I got off the phone with him he would day I love you countless times he ment the world to my sister beverly they say the good fire young that is do true he was as good as they come he may be physically gone but he will always be in my great I love you nephew I’ll see you again one day

    By: Calvin cooper
  3. March 11, 2011, 10:14 am

    This is by far the saddest, and most horrifying story I have read. I'm so so sorry for your loss. Who could ever hurt an innocent child? My deepest heartfelt love goes to you, your sister, family, and all the people who's hearts he touched. May he rest in peace, and God Bless.

    By: Dana

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