Brandon Holt, funeral held for New Jersey boy shot dead by playmate

Mourners wore green to honor the child

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) -- A funeral has been held for a 6-year-old southern New Jersey boy who authorities say was accidentally shot dead by a 4-year-old playmate.

Dozens of mourners filled St. Joseph's Church in Toms River on Saturday to remember Brandon Holt.

Neptune's Asbury Park Press newspaper reports green ribbons were tied around nearby trees and many mourners wore green ribbons or green attire to honor Brandon, whose favorite color was green.

Authorities say the boys were playing Monday in their Toms River neighborhood when the 4-year-old got a loaded .22-caliber rifle from his family's home and shot Brandon in the head. Brandon died at a hospital a day later.

No charges have been filed, but the shooting remains under investigation.


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