Wake starts for Texas boy, 15, shot dead by police

January 5, 2012 - 9:25 PM
Texas Student Shot

This 2011 photo provided by the Gonzalez family shows Jaime Gonzalez. The parents of Gonzalez are demanding to know why police officers fatally shot the 15-year-old inside his South Texas school, but police said the boy was brandishing and refused to drop what appeared to be a handgun. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun that closely resembled the real thing, police said late Wednesday. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Gonzalez Family)

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A long line of mourners is filing past an open casket containing the body of a 15-year-old South Texas boy shot dead by police who thought he was armed and deadly in a middle school corridor.

Police later learned that Jaime (HYE'-meh) Gonzalez was armed with a pellet gun Wednesday inside Cummings Middle School in Brownsville.

The mourners filed past the casket at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brownsville, one block from his home. His stepmother, Noralva Gonzalez, sobbed as she embraced each visitor.

Dozens of young teens wearing white shirts sat in the pews and lined the back wall of the church. They then exited the church together and gathered outside, where they chanted the eighth-grader's name.