Funeral Held for Murdered Meriden Teen

City to enforce 9 p.m. curfew for teens.

By Todd Piro
|  Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012  |  Updated 6:43 PM EDT
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There is controversy over the city's response to the stabbing.

There is controversy over the city's response to the stabbing.

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Mourners spent much of Tuesday saying goodbye to murdered Meriden teen, DeAndre Felton. 

Felton, 15, was stabbed on Kensington Avenue in Meriden on Sept. 21.  No arrests have been made, but investigators are looking into information that Felton may have been involved in a fight earlier in the day he died. 

“For me, my family wants justice.  When you stab somebody in the back, that's not self-defense,” said Talitha Frazier, Felton’s aunt.

Inside the packed Apostolic Community Church in Meriden, Pastor Dante Moss issued a call to action. 

“Look at how many homicides have taken place in this small town.  Where is the outrage?  Why are you complacent?” asked Moss. 

Meriden leaders announced Tuesday, the city has put a curfew back in place. 

“We have had a curfew on the books for a long, long time.  We very rarely bring it into force.  But given the situation with several violent incidents, we are bringing it back,” said Mayor Michael Rohde.  

Under the curfew, kids that are 15 years old and younger must be inside by 9 p.m. 

“A curfew is never going to be the answer.  A curfew is a way out for the city to say the children are responsible,” said Moss. He wants Meriden to create more programs to keep kids off the streets.

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