Hundreds gather for funeral of Little Falls teens shot on Thanksgiving

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More than 400 people attended the joint funeral for teen cousins Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady at Living Hope Assembly of God Church in Little Falls Saturday, the St. Cloud Times reported.

Many in town are struggling with unanswered questions, the Pioneer Press reports.

Investigators believe Kifer, 18, and Brady, 17, were attempting a burglary at the home of Byron David Smith, 64, who admitted to investigators that he fatally shot the teens in his basement on Thanksgiving Day. Investigators have linked the two to a previous burglary of prescription drugs.

One college-aged woman, who formerly struggled with a prescription drug addiction, told KARE 11 teens in town have easy access to the medications. Her mother says the town has a problem.

Smith has since been charged with second-degree murder. The case has raised questions over the "castle doctrine" defense bill and the rights of homeowners to use of guns to defend themselves and property.

At the hour-long service Saturday, Kifer's mother delivered the girl's eulogy, and Brady's grandmother spoke about her grandson, the Times reported. Both teens will be buried at a rural cemetery in Pillsbury.

Hundreds of people also gathered Friday night for a visitation of the teens in Little Falls, KARE-TV reported.

See KARE's report about the visitation below.

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