Tight Security at Young Man's Funeral

7:33 PM, Oct 6, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Jamal "Punisher"Coates got the kind of security at his funeral that is normally reserved for Washington VIP's.

The 21 year old Adams Morgan resident was a member of the One-Seven crew that hung out at 17th and Euclid street. They had been beefing for years with another crew called G-Rod which hung out at 14th and Gerard, Northwest.

A member of the G-Rod crew is in jail charged with shooting and killing Coates last week as he left a funeral at 13th and U streets.

Police and community activists who work with the crews feared there could be more violence at today's gathering for Coates at King Emmanuel Baptist church.

Uniformed officers checked vehicles at road blocks, a couple blocks from the church.

Dogs trained to sniff out guns searched under cars and sniffed through crowds of mourners on the sidewalks. Police were also spotted on nearby roofs.

There were no incidents. Cameras were not allowed inside where a packed crowd heard the preacher declare that he was tired of the madness and answering the phone with another grieving mother at the other end.

Written by Bruce Johnson
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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