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Hundreds at funeral for brothers killed by python

Saturday - 8/10/2013, 6:40pm  ET

CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick (AP) -- Hundreds of people are attending the funeral service for two brothers who were killed by a python while they slept at a friend's home above an exotic pet store.

Four-year-old Noah Barthe and his 6-year-old brother Connor were eulogized during the service Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Campbellton, New Brunswick. The family decided that the brothers would be buried together in a single casket.

The two boys were found dead Monday morning after a 100-pound (45-kilogram) African rock python escaped its enclosure in the apartment where they were staying. Police say the snake slithered through a ventilation system located above its tank and fell through the ceiling into the living room where the boys slept.

Preliminary autopsy results show the boys were asphyxiated by the python.


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