By SAM RAPPAPORT
Friends and family members gathered at United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St., on Friday morning for the funeral of Reginald Sanson. On Aug. 25, Sanson was shot to death in his car at 1500 E. 50th St. The case is unsolved, with no suspects in custody.
Hundreds of people crowded the sidewalks outside of United Church at noon. Multiple police cars were stationed around the block. One officer said the level of security was heightened because this was a “gang funeral.”
Iris Harper, a friend of Sanson’s and his middle school classmate at Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., commented on the funeral’s large turn out.
“It’s beautiful, all these people,” Harper said while standing outside the church. “[Sanson] was always silly and really ambitious. He did not deserve this. Everybody loved him.”
Anne Jackson, a friend of Sanson’s family, explained the tone of the funeral service.
“It was more party than tears,” Jackson said. “He would have wanted a celebration. We took it to church in there, it was a beautiful service.”