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14-year-old murder victim laid to rest

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Funeral services for 14-year-old murder victim Dajae Coleman were held this morning at First Church of God Christian Life Center in Evanston,

A line of loved ones and friends wrapped around the church at 1524 Simpson St..and onto Ashland Avenue.

Because of the size of the crowd, many of the people who attended could not even get into the church to say their goodbyes. Many fellow classmates came to show their support for Dajae and his family.

"It's going to be hard because we just had so much fun together. So it's going to be hard for everyone, but we're becoming more of a family," said Gabrielle Malone, a friend and classmate of Dajae at Evanston Township High School.

"We realize how much we need each other and how much we need to change. We're getting through it," Malone added.

Pastor Clifford Wilson was one of many to say a prayer at Dajae's service.

"It was a really great service to say a prayer at because I've been in Evanston since 1973, and this is the first time I've seen a true representation of all of Evanston, not just the west side," Wilson said.

Today is only sad if you think in terms of the now," Wilson said of Coleman's family, "but because they believe there is a hereafter it helped prepare them for today. "

Wilson, a friend of Dajae's grandfather, said his granddaughter went to school with Dajae.

"All I heard when it happened was, 'Daddy, he was a good boy, he was a really good kid.' I felt really really bad, but at the same time glad to know that he was a good kid because God has something special for him when he gets to heaven," Wilson said.

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