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. (Published Sunday, Sep 1, 2013)

    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.

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    The family announced the funeral services on a Facebook posting.

    A man who attended the funeral said it was beautiful.

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    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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