Services held for boy who died of abuse

The Kansas City Star, Jan. 10, 2003

Releasing dozens of balloons into a chilly wind, former friends and caretakers said goodbye Thursday to Brian Edgar, whose life was cut short by child abuse.

A private 40-minute funeral at a Kansas City, Kan., cemetery began with prayers and ended with the singing of 9-year-old Brian’s favorite hymn, “I’ll Fly Away.”

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More than 100 people attended.

The Roman Catholic service took place 10 days after Neil Edgar, Brian’s adoptive father, brought the boy’s body to KU Med.

Sister Peg Driscoll, who belongs to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, coordinated the funeral. She and Sister Anna Mary Lawrence were Brian’s foster parents for 10 months in 1999 and 2000.

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