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