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|Funeral plea over killer of boy |
(about 4 hours later)
Police in Manchester hope the funeral of murdered teenager Jessie James will persuade people to come forward with information leading them to his killer.
Up to 2,000 people are expected to gather at Broadfield Park, near the scene of the shooting, for a "life celebration service".
Detectives say they need the Moss Side community to "pull together" to help find the killer of the 15-year-old.
Several witnesses to the murder on 9 September have yet to come forward.
They include three teenage girls who were stood near the West Indian Sports and Social Club at the time of the killing on Raby Street, in the early hours of 9 September.
|Help us catch Jessie's killers and put an end to this madness Det Supt Tony CookGreater Manchester Police||Help us catch Jessie's killers and put an end to this madness Det Supt Tony CookGreater Manchester Police|
Jessie, a pupil at the Manchester Academy, was shot three times.
On Tuesday, Jessie's mother Barbara Reid, 47, and sister Rosemary, 28, will lead mourners in a marquee yards from where he was killed.
The service will be led by the local Seventh Day Adventist Church pastor, Michael Simpson.
It will include tributes from Jessie's friends and family and a eulogy read by his mother, in addition to hymns, a selection of Jessie's favourite CDs will be played.
|Later, his coffin will be taken by horse-drawn carriage to Manchester's Southern Cemetery for burial, led by 15 of Jessie's friends on mountain bikes.||Later, his coffin will be taken by horse-drawn carriage to Manchester's Southern Cemetery for burial, led by 15 of Jessie's friends on mountain bikes.|
|A further short ceremony will be conducted by Pastor Simpson at Jessie's graveside.||A further short ceremony will be conducted by Pastor Simpson at Jessie's graveside.|
|Jessie, of Greame Street, Moss Side, was a popular youngster described as "respectful and polite".||Jessie, of Greame Street, Moss Side, was a popular youngster described as "respectful and polite".|
|Detectives said he had nothing to do with gang culture and was simply in the "wrong place at the wrong time".||Detectives said he had nothing to do with gang culture and was simply in the "wrong place at the wrong time".|
Det Supt Tony Cook, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Someone supplied the gun and bullets, someone heard the offenders talking; someone saw them go into the park or leave.
"Someone saw or heard the killers when they came back discussing what they'd done; someone even knows where the gun is.
"If you're covering for a murderer, ask yourself how you'll feel when another young victim gets shot and killed. Help us catch Jessie's killer and put an end to this madness."