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Hundreds march as Kian laid to rest

Kian Loyd delos Santos, the Grade 12 student killed by policemen in an anti-drugs operation, was laid to rest at La Loma Cemetery in Caloocan City on Saturday afternoon.

It took more than five hours before the 17-year-old student's remains were buried in an apartment-type crypt as hundreds of people joined the funeral procession.

Earlier, the funeral march stopped at the Caloocan City Police Community Precinct 7, where policemen — Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares, Police Officers 1 Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin Cruz — who killed Delos Santos in an anti-drug operation on August 16 were assigned.

The funeral march also passed by EDSA.

"Running Priest" Fr. Robert Reyes and his group also offered a prayer in front of the police precinct

A Mass was also held for Delos Santos at the Sta. Quiteria Parish Church around 8 a.m.

Among the personalities who attended the mass was Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta, whose office is helping the family of Delos Santos pursue criminal charges against the policemen involved in the operation.

Kian's parents, Lorenza and Saldy delos Santos along with their family and friends wore white T-shirts with black ribbons as they called for "justice for Kian."

Delos Santos was killed in a police anti-illegal drug operation in Barangay 160, Caloocan City on August 16.

Police claimed that the teenager, an alleged drug runner, resisted arrest and fired at them as he was trying to escape.

A CCTV camera footage produced by the barangay, however, showed Delos Santos being carried by policemen.

Allegedly recovered from Delos Santos was a .45 pistol and two sachets of suspected shabu with a street value of about P20,000.

The relatives of the teenager believed that the items allegedly seized by policemen were planted and they have denied that Delos Santos was a drug runner.

A witness had also claimed that she heard the teenager begging for his life before the policemen shot him at close range. —reports from Bam Alegre and Divine Reyes/Marlly Rome C. Bondoc/ALG/BM, GMA News