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Hundreds Attend Funeral For Ga. Gang Leader

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File photo of floral tributes at a funeral service.  (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

File photo of floral tributes at a funeral service. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

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ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The funeral of a reputed gang leader drew hundreds of mourners and police in the southwest Georgia town of Albany.

Members of a police anti-gang unit and other officers stood watch as 24-year-old Dontavious Santez Luke was remembered during a service Saturday at a church in Albany.

The Albany Herald (http://bit.ly/PVqAGg ) reports that Luke was reputed to be a leader of a gang called the Southside Bloods. Police reports says he was killed by members of a rival gang called the Rattlers on Aug. 26.

One man is charged with murder in the killing, and three others are being held.

A friend of the Luke family, Vondermere Upshaw, called the large funeral turnout a “humble and peaceful demonstration.”

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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