A little boy who liked football, basketball and did well at school was buried in a simple Muslim ceremony Saturday while police searched for the boy's uncle.
As the funeral began in Whittier's Rose Hills Memorial Park, the remains of 11-year-old Raheed Parwez, whose dismembered body was found in a trash dumpster in Hacienda Heights on Tuesday, lay in an unadorned white coffin before rows of mourners facing the holy city of Mecca.
Many of them muffled sobs as they recited the Muslim call to prayer:
"Allah Akbar! (God is Great!)"
And then, in Arabic: "Peace be with you."
Several Rush to Help
Although the small coffin needed no more than four pallbearers, more than a dozen of the 100 or so in attendance rushed to help.
Family members broke down several times as the casket was lowered and as mourners stepped forward to pour shovelfuls of dirt into the grave. One relative sat crying, pushing clods of dirt onto the casket with his hands, until other family members gently pulled him away.