August 20, 2014
Carlos Sousa Jr.'s funeral is scheduled for January 8th in San Jose, with a public viewing the day before.
At a weekend vigil outside the home of Sousa's grandmother, family and friends remembered the 17-year-old high school student as an outgoing, spirited young man who loved hip-hop and made friends easily.
About 100 people gathered outside the grandmother's home Saturday, holding candles in cups as Sousa's father stood on the doorstep in front of two enlarged photos of him and his son.
A 350-pound Siberian tiger killed Sousa Jr. and seriously hurt two of his friends after escaping from its enclosure on Christmas Day. Brothers Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, suffered severe bite and claw wounds.
The pair was released from the hospital Saturday, leaving through a side door. They were greeting by a mob of reporters hoping to answer lingering questions about how the tiger escaped and how the attacks occurred. The brothers offered no comment.