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Funeral held for 5-year-old shot on Halloween

November 12, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Family and friends gathered Friday morning for the funeral of a 5-year-old boy shot to death on Halloween in South Los Angeles.The service for Aaron Shannon Jr. was held at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena. Family and friends paid tribute to Aaron, calling him a loving child and saying they hoped his death would help bring an end to street violence.

"Well I think it's a very, very horrible tragedy. I hope no family in the world will ever have to go through something like this for something that don't even make sense for anybody," said Chew Johnson, the victim's great-grandfather. "I don't wish this on nobody's family, and I hope that they stop the violence."

"It's a tremendous tragedy to my family. I mean it's one thing to lose a family member from natural causes, but to have a member and a child, I can't explain it," said Tenesa Shannon, the victim's great-aunt.

Aaron was shot in the head while he was in the backyard of his family's home in the 1000 block of East 84th Street in South Los Angeles. The boy was showing off his Spider-Man costume when two suspected gang members opened fire during a rival gang dispute in an alley behind his home.

His father and grandfather were also shot, but suffered only minor injuries.

Within a week of the boy's shooting, detectives arrested two suspected gang members. Leonard Hall Jr., 21, and Marcus Denson, 18, are each charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Both men were being held in lieu of $4 million bail. They are expected to be arraigned next Friday.


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