Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mourners Lay Knanaya Church Shooting Victim to Rest

"Dennis had a gift for loving life and loving people," Malloosseril's father said in a statement read by a relative. "He gave himself up helping a total stranger."

When family members were called to perform a traditional celebratory chant that would normally be done at a wedding, Malloosseril's parents could be heard wailing in grief, while other family members cried openly.

After the service, priests crowded around the casket to chant and perform last rites. Malloosseril's mother, surrounded by crowds of family, collapsed, unable to view her son's body before the casket was finally closed.

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