Police Have To Restore Order To Funeral For Murdered Child
(Memphis) Funeral services took place Saturday for the toddler police say was killed by his own father.
Hundreds gathered to say goodbye the child tragically beaten to death and found in a garbage dumpster.
Just a few feet long, 3-year-old Maurice Brown Junior`s casket was wheeled inside his funeral service Saturday.
His mother and other family members line up to see the toddler one last time.
“Only God knows the pain that I feel inside,” said the child’s mother, Latoya Page Kanneh.
Pain after police found the toddler`s body tossed in a dumpster, badly beaten and now his own father, Maurice Brown Sr., is charged with his murder.
“I’m not going to think about anything, but the good memories that I had with Junior,” said Kanneh.
“He had the brightest smile, contagious laugh, always happy and full of spirit.” said Junior’s aunt, Princess Page.
Junior`s step father, Joseph, could barely hold back tears, “He`s the son I never had.”
One of his aunts just couldn’t find the words to say as she addressed the sanctuary.
But the beautiful service that celebrated the life of a spirited, and bashful child, was interrupted when a man attending the funeral stated the child killed by a man who wasn`t a good dad.
“A child was born and lost his life from a child not being a father,” said the unknown funeral attendee.
Maurice Brown Senior`s family rushed outside the church`s sanctuary, cursing.
The sounds of singing and sniffles, were replaced with commotion and chaos.
Dozens of Memphis Police were able to stop the argument from getting more volatile outside.
Inside the church, Brown Junior`s cousins cried their hearts out.
Funeral attendees shook their heads, telling News Channel 3 they were heartbroken for a child killed in violence and now buried in violence.
The service continued minutes later to honor Brown Junior and his family.
“I know he`s in a better place, I’m going to see him one day again,” expressed Page Kanneh.
As a precaution, Memphis police escorted the man whose comment ignited the disruption off the property.
Following the disruption, the funeral director stated, people had forgotten the day was about celebrating the child’s life.
Maurice Brown Sr. remain in jail, charged with first degree murder.
A bond has not been set. Brown Sr. heads to court Monday.