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“It’s not over, I can assure you that,” he said.
Aid for the family
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, school Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and Fire Chief John Fruetel attended the funeral as did several faith leaders, the children’s Bethune Elementary teachers, friends and family from around the country.
“Minneapolis has never had anything like this,” Bishop Richard Howell said in an interview afterward, saying it was the greatest tragedy for the North Side since the deadly 2011 tornado. “It’s shocking to the community.”
The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers is raising money for the family (tinyurl.com/LewisFund) as are local churches, which expect to present them with cash next Sunday.
The emotional, nearly two-hour funeral ended with family members hugging and holding each other up as they embraced the five white caskets one last time. Each casket was topped with bouquets of red roses and covered with mementos — handwritten notes from young classmates, Christopher’s certificate for perfect school attendance, photos of the children’s smiling faces.
A drum line played as the caskets were wheeled out. The colorful mesh butterfly wings were left behind, stuck together in a fusion of yellows, green, pink and purple.
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