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Family, friends pay respects to 5-year-old Inglewood boy killed by gunfire

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Family and friends are saying their goodbyes to a 5-year-old Inglewood boy, killed by gunfire on Halloween. His funeral is this morning – and people who didn’t know the youngster still stopped by an open coffin viewing last night to pay their respects.

People quietly entered Simpson Family Mortuary in Inglewood to see the child whose pose in a Spider-Man costume was shown in newspapers and on television news programs this week. Here at the viewing, Aaron Shannon Jr. was dressed in a handsome white suit, tie and hat.

Wyesha Taylor of Inglewood – who didn’t know the Shannon family – was brought to tears.

“It’s not fair for an innocent 5-year-old to have to lose his life. No, that is somebody’s child. Somebody’s child. I have a child myself and I would not know what to do. My heart goes out to that little boy’s family. My prayers are always with you guys.”

Police say 18-year-old Marcus Denson and 21-year-old Leonard Hall Jr. – both admitted gang members – shot the boy in the back of the head while he was in his grandfather’s backyard, getting ready for trick-or-treating.

Prosecutors accuse the suspects of firing into the backyard because they thought it was a rival gang member’s home. Officials say the little boy’s family had no ties to gangs.

The two suspects are scheduled to be arraigned next Friday. Funeral services are being held in Gardena this morning.