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Funeral held for teen shot to death by Zion police

April 11, 2015

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — Family and friends of a northeastern Illinois teenager killed by a Zion police officer filed into a North Chicago church to hear the victim described as a “loving young man.”

Police have said 17-year-old Justus Howell was involved in a scuffle while trying to steal a handgun during a street sale just before the officer shot him Saturday afternoon. The coroner’s office said Monday the Waukegan teen was shot twice in the back.

Many of those attending the funeral Friday wore “Justice for Justus” shirts with his picture.

Justus’ grandfather, Dennis Howell, said although the teen encountered problems in his life, “he was raised to love and fear God.”

A march protesting the teen’s death is scheduled for Saturday in Zion. The victim’s family does not sanction the march, saying they want privacy.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com