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Mourning in Ramona Gardens

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Pallbearers carry the casket of Mauricio Cornejo into St. Teresita Catholic Church in Boyle Heights Wednesday night. Close to two hundred residents of Ramona Gardens (background) attended the funeral. Mauricio died in police custody earlier this month igniting yet another round of police-brutality accusations and countercharges of gang intimidation. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Ramona Gardens resident Olga Telvera mourns the loss of her friend Mauricio Cornejo at his funeral at Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Boyle Heights. Nearly 200 people, most from Ramona Gardens, joined her. Cornejo died in police custody earlier this month igniting another round of police-brutality accusations and countercharges of gang intimidation. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Across the street from Ramona Gardens, residents gather outside Santa Teresita Catholic Church for the funeral for Mauricio Cornejo. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Boyle Heights is filled to capacity for the funeral of Mauricio Cornejo. Residents of Ramona Gardens monitor proceedings outside the front door. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Emilia Cornejo says goodbye to her son Mauricio Cornejo at his funeral in Boyle Heights. His death occurred while he was in police custody, fueling acrimony between authorities and residents of Ramona Gardens. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Jose Navarro, 29, hugs friend (left) Noel Huerta and cousin Kristy Alvarez, 17, at Ramona Gardens in Boyle Heights Tuesday afternoon. Navarro, who grew up in Ramona Gardens, went to UC Berkeley and is finishing his doctoral work at USC. He was visiting friends and family in the area. Alvarez, who is Lincoln High School’s reigning homecoming queen, still lives in the Ramona Gardens with her sister Krystal, mother Maggie Aguilar and cousin Angel Cambero. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Priscilla Lozano comforts friend (right) Angela Cornejo who mourns the death of her brother Mauricio Cornejo along with residents of the Ramona Gardens in Boyle Heights late Tuesday afternoon. The group prayed and mourned the loss of Mauricio near the site where he was handcuffed by police and alledgedly beaten. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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Ramona Gardens resident Jason Aguero, 2, stands in the front yard of his home in Boyle Heights. Opened in 1941, the Ramona Gardens dormitory-style buildings were originally designed for returning soldiers and defense industry workers. Rents for the 497 residences are based on income, and can be as little as $50 a month. (Genaro Molina / LAT)
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