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Funeral services for Aaron Shannon, 5-year-old shot on Halloween

Photos: LAPD via KTLA News.Authorities are reaching out to the public to invite mourners to the funeral services for Aaron Shannon Jr., the 5-year-old boy who was fatally wounded by suspected gang members Halloween afternoon.

The viewing is scheduled for Thursday at the Simpson Family Mortuary, located at 3443 West Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood. It will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.

The church service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the City of Refuge, located at 14527 South San Pedro Street in Gardena.

Following the service, Aaron will be buried at the Inglewood Park Cemetery at 720 East Florence Avenue in Inglewood.

Aaron was in his family's backyard showing off his Spider-Man costume at about 2 p.m. on Oct. 31 when two men walking nearby fired multiple rounds into the yard. Aaron was struck in the head, while his uncle and grandfather suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Immediately after the shooting, the boy was taken to a hospital, where he remained until his death the next day.

Officials have since made two arrests in connection with the case: Marcus Denson, an 18-year-old black man, and Leonard Hall Jr., a 21-year old black man. Both are being held on $1-million bail after they were apprehended by Los Angeles police detectives. Investigators said they believe the gang members had mistaken the backyard for the location they intended to fire on.

-- Sarah Ardalani

Photo credits: Los Angeles Police Department via KTLA News

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