- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 29, 2005

RED LAKE (AP) — A security guard credited with saving lives at Red Lake High School by confronting a teenage gunman was remembered at his funeral yesterday as a hero and a warrior.

Derrick Brun was the first person shot at the school by Jeff Weise, the 16-year-old who also killed five fellow students and a teacher before killing himself. He earlier had killed his grandfather and the elder man’s girlfriend.

Meanwhile, a law-enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said the teenage son of the chairman of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa had been arrested in connection with the March 21 shootings.

Louis Jourdain, son of Floyd Jourdain Jr. and a student at Red Lake High School, where most of the killings took place, was arrested Sunday, according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Louis was arrested as part of an investigation into a potential wider plot on the reservation, the source said.

A security guard who worked with Mr. Brun has said he rose from his desk near the school’s entrance to confront Weise, allowing her to shepherd other students to safety.

“This young man sacrificed his life without hesitation,” said Ernie Stevens, a board member of several American Indian groups. “That is what warriors do.”

Mr. Brun “is one of those men who is and now ever will be a hero,” said Sen. Mark Dayton, Minnesota Democrat.

Three other funerals were held yesterday, including one for Weise.

The services for both Mr. Brun and Weise were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The ceremony for Weise was delayed because Mr. Brun’s service ran long. As Weise’s service was about to begin, the family asked reporters who had initially been allowed into the church to leave.

The Rev. William Mehrkens, in delivering the homily for Mr. Brun, told mourners that they cannot hope to escape the pain of the attack.

“There is no avoiding brokenness of heart in Red Lake these days,” Father Mehrkens said. Hearts that break are the ones that “have the deepest compassion for other people.”

Earlier yesterday, a service was held in Bemidji for Neva Rogers, the teacher killed by Weise. Witnesses said Mrs. Rogers had told students to hide and was praying before being shot several times.

Mrs. Rogers “will be remembered always for a selfless act of love,” the Rev. Genelle Netland told more than 300 mourners at Calvary Lutheran Church.

“She symbolizes and embodies all teachers everywhere, for the courage it took, for the strength it took, for the sense of wanting that it took, to care about others with all of yourself ” your entire self,” the minister said.

Mrs. Rogers was laid to rest in an ivory-colored casket topped with a bouquet of red roses. Family members followed the casket outside for the burial in the church cemetery.

A service also was held Monday for Alicia White, a 14-year-old student killed in the attack.

Services for Daryl Lussier, his companion Michelle Sigana and student Chase Lussier were held Saturday.

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