Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff
Hundreds of relatives and friends gathered today to mourn the death of Geraldo Serrano, a 71-year-old clerk who was gunned down while working at a convenience store on Sunday.
At Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal, a small church on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, Serrano’s brother-in-law and pastor, Benjamin Ortolaza, described the father of nine and grandfather of 28 as a man of faith and a source of joy for all those who knew him.
“It wasn’t too long he was in the front praising God,” he said in a funeral service this morning.
White buttons bearing a photo of Serrano dotted the congregation, with one on a baseball hat, another on the cuff of a jacket. “An Angel Never Dies. He Always Lives On,” they read.
Friends and relatives told anecdotes about Serrano as a loving father, a great cook, and a skilled dominoes player.
“All you guys, my brothers, it’s tough. But I know we got a lot of support, ” his son, Angel, said in a mix of English and Spanish. He paused as his voice gave way to emotion. “So thank you, everybody.”
Among a wreath of red and white flowers, white ribbons read “Papi” and “Esposo.” A Puerto Rican flag and a wooden box of dominoes accompanied Serrano to his grave at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan.
At his graveside, women wailed as mourners tossed red, white, and yellow roses into the open grave. A boy in black sneakers cried and screamed into his father’s side.
Since Serrrano's death Sunday, two Roxbury teens have been arrested and charged with Serrano’s murder.
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