Tight security at slain Spring High School student's funeral

September 9, 2013 11:06:35 AM PDT
Security was tight this morning at the funeral service for Joshua Broussard, the Spring High School student stabbed to death last week.

Hundreds of people packed inside Spring Baptist Church to remember Broussard, 17. The funeral services began at 11am with a noticeably large police presence in and around the sanctuary.

Broussard's family, friends and administrators from Spring ISD attended this morning's funeral service.

Harris County sheriff's deputies say they had between 40 and 50 armed deputies on the church grounds, in addition to air surveillance from the department's helicopter.

That increased presence, deputies say, came after responding as backup to reports of shots fired by unknown suspects last night outside the church during a memorial service for Broussard. Spring Baptist Church staff is disputing those law enforcement reports about gunshots in the parking lot, but the staff did say a fight between a couple of boys had to be broken up inside.

Broussard's family members say they're hoping there will be no disturbances today.

"The family is crazy right now," said Broussard's cousin, Lajuan Ward. "Losing Josh is like losing everything that you have because he is the one who kept this family together."

The funeral service was expected to end at noon and family members say they're hoping to travel peacefully to the cemetery.

The sheriff's SWAT team and the crowd control unit are also present at the funeral.

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