PHOENIX (AP) — A fight broke out during a funeral at a Phoenix church after a friend of the departed punched a man who had reportedly been fighting with the deceased before he died.
Phoenix police say the fight broke out Friday afternoon when the unidentified friend recognized the other man and punched him "in honor of the fallen."
The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/A5JRMm) reports many of the other people attending began fighting, but there were no injuries, no shots fired and no arrests when officers broke up the scuffle.
Phoenix TV station KSAZ says the fight involved up to 30 people
Neither the person who instigated the fight nor the man he punched was identified.
KSAZ says the funeral was for a 20-year-old man killed last month after allegedly breaking into an apartment.
"I don't know..everybody was just running and fighting and it was just crazy," said a mourner.
People came to pay their respects to 20-year-old Moses Taylor, who was killed in January after allegedly breaking into an apartment near Interstate 17 and Glendale Avenue. He was struck in the face with a clothes iron by the man who lived there.
At the funeral, a fight broke out involving 20 to 30 people.
"I'm not even sure how many people were fighting. I just know the fight just broke out and I just had to make my way out of the church house," said another mourner.
Another person at the funeral stated, "Sad that it has to be at a funeral. Real sad."