Priest calls funeral of 9-year-old 'new low' for Chicago

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Posted: Nov 10, 2015 4:49 PM
Priest calls funeral of 9-year-old 'new low' for Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago priest says the funeral for a 9-year-old boy who was killed in an alleged gang execution marks "a new low" for the city.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger presided over Tuesday's funeral for Tyshawn Lee, who was shot in the head in an alley on Nov. 2 as he headed to his grandmother's house.

Chicago police say the death was the result of two gangs fighting in a string of retaliatory events dating back months.

The boy's body arrived at St. Sabina Church on Chicago's South Side in small red casket. Pfleger, an anti-violence activist, told mourners that it was "a new low for Chicago" and that the city "has to face itself."

Mourners included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and actor-rapper Nick Cannon.