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An Iowa man confessed to killing a father-of-17 at his 8-year-old son's funeral on Saturday.

Neumonie Tre Vonne Laster, 24, admitted shooting Jeramie Shorter, 26, while attending the funeral of his son Jermier Leon Shorter, who died after a long battle with cancer.

The murder happened outside a Davenport funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Davenport police say Laster knew visitation was set for 9 a.m. at the funeral home. He lay in wait for Shorter in the parking lot of the funeral home at 3625 Jersey Ridge Road.

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Authorities say Laster "willfully, deliberately and with premeditation" shot Shorter in a parking lot/garage area.

Laster fled in a 2004 Infiniti G35 without license plates. Police spotted him in the 800 block of West 15th Street after Laster ran through a red light.

A foot chase ensued and police tackled Laster and arrested him in the 800 block of West 16th Street. Police observed Laster toss a bag over a fence. The murder weapon was recovered from the bag, according to KWQC.

Laster was charged with murder in the first degree, police said.

Family members who buried little Jermier on Saturday came together to attend a vigil for his father at Centennial Park on Sunday.

"Why would you want to bring a gun to a kids wake? To a baby's wake? No matter what's going on. Where was your mind thinking?" said Jamie Delaney Shorter, Jeramie Shorter's father.

"Him losing his son. I'm losing my grandson to cancer that he fought for many years. We went through that two weeks ago, then to go through this? Now I don't have him. It's hard," Jamie said.

"The way that he lost his life wasn't right. Not in front of his kids," said Shavonta Randle, the mother of one of Jeramie's 17 children.

"A lot of them don't understand what's going on just yet. So just being around everybody and everybody out hanging out loving on each other is what they're going to need," she said.

"He loved his kids. That's all that mattered... He loved them all unconditionally and they all love they dad," Randle said, "Everybody always used to say about how many kids he had but now that he's gone that's all we have to hold on to."

"Their grandpa is gonna be there for them," Shorter said, "They all they got. Each other. I'm going to try to teach them that. I want to teach my grandkids all to pray and ask God to help us all cause we're going to need help. They're going to need help."

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Phaedra Parks says business is booming during the coronavirus pandemic. Parks, who is currently on "Marriage Bootcamp", is a licensed funeral director and mortician.

She told Page Six that business is "booming" due to the loss of lives caused by the pandemic.

"Oh my gosh, it's going great," she gushed during a Page Six podcast on Wednesday. "Didn't you hear about that pandemic, girl? We are booming. Unfortunately. We have been jam-packed since the pandemic started."

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Parks said she's seen the devastation caused by the infectious disease.

"I'm not a physician, however, I do have a mortuary and I'll tell you this: Normally in the summer months, we're waiting for a boating accident or a motorcycle crash, because otherwise, we're pretty empty," she said.

"We are jam-packed. We are working like it's our heaviest season, so… I tell people when they say, 'It's a joke, it's not that big of a deal,' well, let me put it to you in real terms, I'm getting 17 calls a day for [corpse] pickups and that's at one location. Last week, all of the people were under 59."

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She said seeing so many victims in their 20s "makes it extremely frightening… I've seen several mothers come in burying their children... the pandemic really wreaks havoc on families, so we've buried three or four people in one immediate family. It's really sad. It definitely takes a toll on you emotionally seeing a mother, a father, a son, an aunt… this pandemic is really serious and people should realize that, because it's not a joke."

Parks, who is currently in a long distance relationship with L.A.-based boyfriend Medina Islam, said the heavy workload gives her little time to cultivate her love life.

"I've got several jobs. But when it comes to relationships, I haven't always been so successful with it," Parks said of her decision to go on Marriage Bootcamp. "I wanted to make sure that the passion didn't cloud my judgment, because… when you're entangled, sometimes the entangling can be so good you can't really [think] outside the entanglement."

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Family, friends, dignitaries, elected officials and community leaders gathered Tuesday to remember the life of Rayshard Brooks at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

The 27-year-old Black man was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer on the night of June 12th. His death sparked national and international outrage.

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Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks, weeps while holding their 1-year-old daughter Dream during his funeral in Ebenezer Baptist Church.

According to a press release, Brooks' family selected Ebenezer Baptist Church for the private funeral service because of its global historic presence.

"We're here to provide ministry as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death," said Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer. "It's Ebenezer's mission to show up in a time like this, especially given the way he lost his life."

Pastor Warnock added: "Rayshard was not a member of our church but his loved ones are a part of our family. We are a sanctuary for the suffering. We are a house of prayer for all people."

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Notable guests included Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, former Mayor Kasim Reed, Rev. Bernice King, former Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, rapper/actor/activist T.I. (pictured hugging Tomika Miller) and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris.

Due to Covid-19, only 200 guests were allowed inside the sanctuary, which was marked for social distancing.

Singers Kelly Price, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Smokie Norful, actress/singer Tamela Mann, Kurt Carr all provided songs of comfort.

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Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed the crowd saying, "Having a father killed when I was only 5 years of age, my heart deeply grieves for [his daughters] Dream, Memory, Blessing and [stepson] Mekai. I know the pain of growing up without a father and the ongoing attention around his tragic loss. I am and will continue to pray for each of you."

During the eulogy, Rev. Warnock reflected on the time he’s spent with Brooks' family in the past few days. "I met 8- year-old Blessing, such a sweet and precious child," he told the congregation.

"On the same day her father was killed, they had been celebrating her 8th birthday. What do you do with that when you're 8-years-old?  These precious children of God will need the village to surround them and support them and embrace them and love on them and reassure them that they are not alone."

Today's service can be viewed on the church's website, www.EbenezerATL.org.

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Monica Arnold stunned her fans by posing for a high fashion photo shoot at a funeral.

The R&B singer-turned-Instagram model posed in a black Gucci dress and accessories for her Uncle Larry Paige's funeral.

The mother-of-three posted the images on her Instagram account.

She captioned one set of images:

"Honoring a Special Man in A special Way... I'm grateful that My Aunt Mary allowed Melinda & I to create a fitting Memorial for one of the greatest men we've ever known! Thank you to those that assisted in us safely celebrating his life.. We socially distanced & issued personalized masks & gloves to ensure the safety of our loved ones ... I pray you’re Proud Uncle Larry...... Thank You."

In another photo of her holding the funeral program -- a mockup of TIME magazine with a photo of Paige on the cover, she wrote:

"A Timeless Man... Larry Paige... Your Legacy Lives through Your Family Black was his Favorite color Corvettes Were his Favorite car ! I can see his golds shining while he's smiling as he rests in his @corvette Leather Jacket.... #MyFavoriteUncle #LifeOfLarry #TIMElessMan
THANK YOU @mcnealeyprints for this Commemorative Program..... My Dress @shopoyemwen."

 


 


 

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Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna Bryant were laid to rest two weeks after the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of the NBA legend, his daughter and seven others.

A private funeral for Kobe, 41, and Gianna was held in Corona Del Mar, California on Friday, Friday 7, according to multiple reports.

Kobe and his daughter were laid to rest near each other at Pacific View Memorial Park, according to published reports.

The Los Angeles Times cited death certificates released by the county which gives the date of internment as Feb. 7.

Sources tell Entertainment Tonight Kobe's wife, Vanessa Bryant, 37, and the family "wanted a private service to mourn their loss".

A planned memorial will be held for the public at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Feb. 24. It is not clear if Kobe's family will attend the public memorial.

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Vanessa and Kobe are pictured in 2005, a year before daughter Gigi was born. They are pictured below in 2007 with daughters Gigi and Natalia Bryant at Disneyland.

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On Monday, over 1,000 people attended a memorial service for three members of the Altobelli family, who also died in the crash. 4,000 people were expected to attend the service for John, Kelly and Alyssa Altobelli at Angel Stadium.

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The funeral for Atatiana Jefferson, the Dallas pre-med student who was killed by a cop in her own home, is set for Thursday. The funeral was postponed for a week due to a family dispute.

Jefferson, 28, was fatally shot through her bedroom window on Oct. 12 when she peeked out after hearing a prowler in her backyard.

Dallas County Officer Aaron Dean, 35, resigned from the police force before he could be terminated.

Jefferson's funeral was set for Saturday, Oct. 19, but a judge granted a restraining order to her stepfather, Marquis Jefferson, who argued that he would suffer "immediate and irreparable injury" if the funeral went on as planned.

Jefferson's aunt, Venitta Body, told reporters that Marquis Jefferson is not Atatiana's biological father. Body said Marquis Jefferson has not spoken to family members. She continued with the funeral service planning without his input.

"He's the father of the deceased," Walter L. Irvin, his lawyer, said on Friday. Irwin presented a birth certificate signed by Jefferson. "They would not let Mr. Jefferson participate in burial arrangements. That's why we had to seek an injunction."

On Monday, Dallas County probate court judge Brenda Hull Thompson held a closed door meeting with both sides of the family. Afterwards, she issued a gag order to prevent the family from discussing what was said in the meeting.

Jefferson's funeral is set for Thursday at 11 a.m. in Dallas' Concord Church, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Prominent civil rights activists, including Rev. Al Sharpton, will speak at the funeral.

Former Dallas Mavericks player Harrison Barnes and his wife, Brittany Barnes, paid 90 percent of the cost of the service, and Philadelphia Eagles player Malik Jackson paid the rest of the expenses.

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