- Associated Press - Saturday, March 4, 2017

SAN FERNANDO, Calif. (AP) - About 1,000 people have turned out to honor a 14-year-old boy who was found drowned in the Los Angeles River after a storm.

A funeral service for Elias Rodriguez was held Saturday at a church in his Sylmar neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley.

The teenager vanished on Feb. 17, leaving a phone message for his mother saying he was walking home from school.

His body was found on a tree-covered island in the river last weekend. Police say he may have slipped or fallen into a storm-swollen wash a dozen miles upstream and been swept away.

On Friday night, more than 1,000 people held a candlelight vigil at the San Fernando school the boy attended and then threw white flowers from a bridge over the wash.

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