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Greenville SC school shooting victim laid to rest at funeral

The visitation line wound around the sidewalk as hundreds of people gathered Saturday afternoon at Relentless Church to highlight the short life of Jamari “Mari” Cortez Bonaparte Jackson, a 12-year-old boy who was killed in a school shooting last week.

Jamari died after being shot at Tanglewood Middle School on March 31, allegedly by another 12-year-old student.

A montage of photos and videos showing Mari, as they called him, on the playground and playing basketball played as friends and families walked by to say their last farewells. He was shown holding his sister’s hand as they ran on the beach toward the ocean, driving go karts and bashfully hiding from the camera as preteens are prone to do.

The tapestry on the interior of Jamari’s casket was printed with his name, a recent Christmas photo and the dates of the child’s first and last breath.

May 18, 2009 – March 31, 2022.

“He was 12 and here we are talking about him in the past tense,” said Relentless pastor John Gray.

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