‘Just Crazy’: Up to 30 People Fight at Funeral

MSNBC, February 11, 2012

A fight broke out during a funeral at a Phoenix church after a friend of the departed punched a man who had reportedly been fighting with the deceased before he died.

Phoenix police said the fight broke out Friday afternoon at St. John’s Institutional Baptist Church, when the unidentified friend recognized the other man and punched him “in honor of the fallen.”

The Arizona Republic reported that many of the other people attending began fighting, but there were no injuries and no arrests when officers broke up the scuffle.

Phoenix TV station KSAZ said the fight involved up to 30 people.

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“I don’t know . . . everybody was just running and fighting and it was just crazy,” a mourner told KSAZ.

“Sad that it has to be at a funeral. Real sad,” another mourner said.

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KSAZ said the funeral was for a 20-year-old man, Moses Taylor, who was killed last month after allegedly breaking into an apartment. {snip}

[Editor’s Note: This is the website for the church where the funeral took place. Scroll down for photos of the church staff.]

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