Nearly 1,000 Gathered for Funeral of Boy Infected by Brain-Eating Amoeba

The public visitation and service was held Saturday for 12-year-old Zachary Reyna at the LaBelle Middle School Gym

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    Nearly 1,000 people gathered for the funeral of a Florida boy who was infected by a rare and deadly brain eating amoeba. The public visitation and service was held Saturday for 12-year-old Zachary Reyna at the LaBelle Middle School Gym. The burial service was held at the nearby cemetery.

    Nearly 1,000 people gathered for the funeral of a Florida boy who was infected by a rare and deadly brain eating amoeba.

    The public visitation and service was held Saturday for 12-year-old Zachary Reyna at the LaBelle Middle School Gym. The burial service was held at the nearby cemetery.

    The family announced the funeral services on a Facebook posting.

    A man who attended the funeral said it was beautiful.

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    Zachary Reyna, the 12-year-old Florida boy who was fighting a rare brain-eating amoeba at Miami Children's Hospital, died Saturday, family members said. Cousin Tammy Yzaguirre comments.

    Hundreds of family members, friends and even strangers attended the services. A slide show at the service displayed pictures of Reyna, some in his baseball uniform.

    Reyna became infected Aug. 3 while knee boarding with friends. Doctors told the family the boy had extensive brain damage.

    The family decided earlier to donate his organs for others who were "waiting on a miracle."

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