Image: Amanda Powell grieves the loss of Jamar Pinkney
David Guralnick  /  AP
Amanda Powell, center, of Detroit, weeps as she passes the casket containing the body of 15-year-old Jamar Pinkney Jr. during a funeral service at Second Ebeneezer Church in Detroit on Monday.
updated 11/23/2009 2:49:52 PM ET 2009-11-23T19:49:52

Funeral services are under way for a 15-year-old Michigan boy who police say pleaded for mercy before being fatally shot by his father.

Hundreds of people attended Jamar Pinkney Jr.'s funeral Monday morning at the Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit. Photos of the boy were projected on large screens above the pulpit.

Authorities say the boy was marched by his father to a vacant lot in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park on Nov. 16 and ordered at gunpoint to strip before being shot.

The father, Jamar Pinkney Sr., faces one count of first-degree murder.

Bishop Edgar L. Vann II asked those arriving at the funeral to pray for the family. Vann says he wants to remind the family there's room for hope and a need for faith in God despite the tragic events.

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