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Published August 13, 2013, 06:09 PM

Five police agencies join procession as Anthony Kuznia laid to rest

Mourners gathered Tuesday at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks for the funeral of 11-year-old Anthony Kuznia. As the family mourns, the entire community feels their loss. Anthony first disappeared last Wednesday afternoon and later drowned in the Red River.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

Mourners gathered Tuesday at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks for the funeral of 11-year-old Anthony Kuznia. As the family mourns, the entire community feels their loss. Anthony first disappeared last Wednesday afternoon and later drowned in the Red River.

Five different police agencies assisted in the procession of more than forty cars including the Grand Forks police, Grand Forks County Sheriff's office, East Grand Forks police, Polk County Sheriff's office and Minnesota State Patrol. Dozens of people held green balloons in Anthony's honor and let them go after the funeral service. Green was Anthony's favorite color. More than 30 different police agencies were involved in searching for Anthony when he disappeared Wednesday afternoon. Authorities found Anthony's body in the Red River Thursday afternoon. Police say they hope the procession shows their continued support.

"This is just our way of showing the family extending our sympathy and letting them know that the community as a whole cares," said Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman.

Anthony is survived by his mother, father, sisters and grandparents. The family is asking for donations in Anthony's name, which the family will give to the Grand Forks Park District "S.M.I.L.E. Group" or "Ali's Boundless Playground".

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