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Man slain at D.C. funeral is buried

Paul Duggan

A 21-year-old District man fatally shot after an acquaintance's funeral last week was peacefully mourned and buried Wednesday amid heavy police security.

Jamal Coates, who lived in Northwest Washington, was shot Sept. 28 near 13th and U streets NW after leaving the funeral of 21-year-old Ashley McRea, who police said had been shot by her boyfriend.

Investigators said Coates's shooting outside Walker Baptist Church stemmed from a gang-related dispute that was unrelated to McRea's death.

Wednesday morning, several hundred people filled the small sanctuary of King Emmanuel Baptist Church for Coates's funeral, and scores of others stood outside under a slate sky, crowding the narrow intersection of Ontario and Kalorama roads NW.

As a precaution against further violence, more than a dozen police officers stood posts around the church, and officers with dogs patrolled the streets

The funeral, which began at 11 a.m., ended shortly before 12:30 p.m., and the procession of mourners drove away without incident, bound of Harmony Memorial Park in Landover, where Coates was buried.

-- Paul Duggan

By Paul Duggan  | October 6, 2010; 2:34 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide, Paul Duggan, The District  
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Comments

And in the meantime the DC Council is discussing how to best treat captured critters.

...and the band plays on...

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | October 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Nice young men
In need of
Good love and
Guidance who
Enter gangs instead of
Respecting life and
Society
!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | October 7, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

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