Dallas Cowboys linebacker laid to rest in St. Louis

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by JASON WHITELY

WFAA

Posted on December 16, 2012 at 6:43 AM

ST. LOUIS — Jerry Brown Jr. was buried at St. Peter's Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.

Hours earlier, more than 1,000 people attended his funeral at Hopewell Baptist Church. His family had to book a larger church a few days ago to accommodate everyone.

Brown's service lasted 2 1/2 hours. Former coaches his father and friends paid tribute.

One week ago in Irving, the 25-year-old Dallas Cowboys practice squad player was a passenger in a car driven by his best friend and teammate Josh Brent when the vehicle overturned.

Police said Brent, who survived the crash, had been drinking. He now faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter.

The pastor at Brown's funeral Saturday tackled that tough topic.

"At some funerals, they shy away from controversial subjects, but not today," said Reggie Jones, Brown's friend. "The pastor talked about the consequences of drinking and driving."

Josh Brent did not attend the funeral.

Brown's family said no other representatives from the Dallas Cowboys came either, since the team held its own memorial service earlier in the week.

There were, however, plenty of other professional players in attendance.

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