Funeral For 4-Year-Old Killed In LA Gang Attack

By: By CHRISTINA HOAG AP Writer
By: By CHRISTINA HOAG AP Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds of people have gathered at a Los
Angeles cathedral to mourn a 4-year-old boy killed by a stray gang
bullet.

Cardinal Roger Mahony is officiating at Friday's downtown funeral Mass for Roberto Lopez Jr.

Many mourners wore T-shirts with his photo.

The boy was shot in the chest last week as he walked with his 5-year-old sister in a gang-plagued Echo Park neighborhood.

Police later arrested Howard Astorga, who is facing a murder charge. Police say the longtime gang member was shooting at rivals in a passing car and instead hit the boy, who died in his grandfather's arms.

Roberto's uncle says the family wants more police patrols around the neighborhood to prevent future tragedies.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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