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'Real character:' Mourners remember 2 boys killed with dad

Posted at 8:01 AM, Jan 14, 2019

MARION, Ind. (AP) — Classmates were among the mourners at a funeral for two brothers who were fatally shot two weeks ago in northeastern Indiana.

Twelve-year-old son Javon Blackwell Jr. and 11-year-old Jayzon Blackwell wore baseball caps in caskets at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Marion. They were killed with their father, Javon Blackwell Sr., on Dec. 30.

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The boys attended Anderson Preparatory Academy. Michelle Shirley, a substitute teacher, attended the service Saturday with her children, who knew the boys. She tells The Herald Bulletin that Jayzon was a "real character."

Ivanna Shirley says Javon, her classmate, "made everyone laugh," even teachers. Anderson Preparatory students collected $1,300 to help the family, especially with funeral costs.

Police say they're still investigating the deaths, about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

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