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May 27, 1987

Juan Perez, the 11-year-old who was killed by two polar bears at the Prospect Park Zoo, was buried after a funeral Mass near his Brooklyn home. The owner of a Brooklyn funeral home said he has agreed to assume all the funeral expenses at the request of the government of Puerto Rico, which has spearheaded a drive to help the family. Perez was killed after he and two friends entered the zoo after it was closed and went into an enclosure housing the bears.

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