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Times coverage: Friends and family grieve at Aaron Shannon Jr.'s funeral service

Photo: Beverly Cooper, in yellow, the mother of Aaron Shannon Jr., 5, is comforted during the funeral services at the City of Refuge November 12, 2010. Credit: BarbaraDavidson / The Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of people gathered Friday at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena to mourn the death of Aaron Shannon Jr., the 5-year-old boy fatally shot by suspected gang members on Halloween.

Those close to Aaron remembered him as a friendly boy who had made numerous friends -- with students, faculty and the crossing guard -- at Caldwell Elementary School in Compton, where he was enrolled in kindergarten.

"The world gained a son," Aaron's grandfather, William Shannon, said at Friday's funeral service. "He belongs to everyone now."

Times staff writer Scott Gold has more on L.A. Now: Community mourns 5-year-old fatally shot on Halloween

Read the complete print story: A congregation buries a child and prays for change

Photo: Beverly Cooper, in yellow, the mother of Aaron Shannon Jr., 5, is comforted during the funeral service at City of Refuge Church in Gardena.

Credit: BarbaraDavidson / Los Angeles Times

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