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Now in Twin Cities, Barway's mother requests white at his funeral

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Louise Karluah, the mother of Barway Collins, has spoken for the first time since arriving in the U.S. from Liberia to attend her son's funeral.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, the 10-year-old's mother spoke only briefly to reporters, and according to WCCO's Edgar Linares said it was "the will of God," while asking everyone attending his funeral Saturday to wear white.

The request for white clothing has been made as a symbol of purity, "to show an innocent child was taken away."

Barway disappeared from outside his apartment building in Crystal on March 18. His body was found in the Mississippi River near Brooklyn Center on April 11.

The boy's father, Pierre Collins, is currently in jail on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with his death, and was denied permission by a court to see his son's body before his funeral.

Also speaking at the conference on Thursday was Pastor Harding Smith, the family's spokesperson, who said a fundraising drive in Barway's memory not only raised enough to fly his mother over to Minneapolis and pay for her visa, but has also covered the cost of his funeral.

But they will continue to take donations, and leave his mother with some money to go toward her life in Liberia.

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