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The family wanted something simple for John Mendoza -- the chance to see the 16-year-old one final time and then to say goodbye.
But two Chicago funeral homes told the grief-stricken Mendozas this week they couldn't help, and a third offered only an abbreviated service -- all because John Mendoza had been beaten to death and the funeral homes feared gang retaliation, the Mendozas say.
"It's crazy," said Jose Mendoza, 48, the dead boy's uncle. "Here we are trying to bury our poor nephew so he can rest in peace, and these people are being boneheads."
Richard Modelski, owner of Modell Funeral Homes, denied that the Mendozas were refused service.
But any time someone dies violently, Modelski takes precautions, he said, including requiring a $2,000 fee to pay for extra security.
We would certainly hope the courts see it that way also.
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