Emotional Funeral for SF Tiger Victim

Survivor brothers embrace parents of dead teen
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 3:00 AM CST
Beatris Silva, left, looks into the casket of her brother Carlos Sousa, Jr. at a viewing in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. Also pictured is Sousa's father Carlos Souza, right, and mother Marilza...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Two survivors of a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo that killed their friend yesterday embraced the distraught parents of the fallen teen at his emotional funeral. "There's a lot of anger inside," said a pal of 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr., who was laid to rest in an Oakland Raiders jersey.

Carlos' mother hugged the brothers who survived the mauling, telling the media that she's eager to hear their account of the tragedy, but that they need time to heal. Some press reports have said Sousa was killed as he tried to save one of the brothers. When asked if the zoo was responsible for her son's death because the tiger enclosure doesn't meet national guidelines, she said, "It was too small. It doesn't change anything. My son is dead."