When word spread of a it spiralled into a debate about in-town safety, whether or not the initial community alert was offensive, and the residency of the deceased.
While it was acknowledged by several Patch readers that families have the right to memorialize their family members wherever they want and crime is inevitable in any town, some replied saying residents have the right to safety. Others questioned the validity of the community alert that District 124 sent to parents on Friday.
Police, who said they haven't given this type of warning before, said they were merely letting the District know so that they were aware. As of late Tuesday afternoon, no crimes or disturbances were reported as a result of the wake and funeral. District 124 officials said they didn't expect such an uproar.
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