Church service planned for NYC boy who vanished

NEW YORK (AP) — Funeral services are being held for an autistic New York City boy who disappeared from his Queens school, then was discovered dead in the East River more than three months later.

Mourners gathered Saturday morning at a Manhattan funeral home to pay their respects to 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo.

An 11 a.m. service was planned at the Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich Village.

The teen's disappearance from the school in October prompted a massive, citywide search that included regular announcements on the subways, asking people to be on the lookout for the teen.

Lawyer David Perecman (PEHR'-ehs-man) says the family believes school officials failed to monitor Avonte and didn't call police quickly enough.

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