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Funeral Services for Teacher

May 30, 2000

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) _ As a community gathered to mourn the shooting death of a beloved teacher, prosecutors began to determine what charges will be brought against the 13-year-old suspect.

State Attorney Barry Krischer said Monday he would ask a judge to seat a grand jury to consider legal options for the teen, Nathaniel Brazill. Krischer has said that he wants Brazill tried as an adult.

Funeral services were scheduled today in nearby West Palm Beach for 35-year-old English teacher Barry Grunow. An evening candlelight vigil in Lake Worth also was planned.

About 500 people attended a rally against violence and in honor of Grunow on Monday. The gathering was loosely organized by a group calling itself ``Ask, Listen, Learn,″ which is made up of community activists who came together after the shooting.

``We don’t want this to end with a film clip on the 11 o’clock news,″ said Helaine Rayman, a co-organizer of the gathering.

Brazill, a seventh-grade honor student, was sent home from school May 26 for throwing water balloons in a hallway. The 13-year-old later returned and allegedly fired one shot from a small gun, killing the teacher.

Two youths claim Brazill was brandishing a handgun three days before he allegedly shot Grunow in front of students on the last day of classes, police said Monday.

The youths, who were not identified by police, told investigators that Brazill showed them the gun near his home on May 23, but they didn’t tell anyone about the incident, said Police Chief William Smith.

Investigators have examined the bedroom dresser drawer where Brazill’s grandfather, Elmore McCray, 75, claims he kept the handgun that police say Brazill used to kill Grunow.

Brazill’s mother agreed Sunday to allow detectives to search her son’s room. Police retrieved his computer, and have asked the FBI for help analyzing its contents.

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