Mourners Gather For 4-Year-Old Shooting Victim's Funeral

By Megan Trent
By Scott Sarvay

July 27, 2011 Updated Jul 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM EST

BLUFFTON, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Mourners gathered in Bluffton to pay their final respects to the family of a little boy shot to death last week.

4-year-old Jake Michuda's funeral is being held at Lancaster Elementary School.

Hundreds attended a visitation for him on Tuesday.

Bluffton Mayor Ted Ellis says, "In a small community like Bluffton, most all of us know someone who is connected when a tragedy occurs like this, so when one hurts, we all hurt."

Jacob died Friday night when a bullet struck him in the head while he and his father were fishing at a pond in Ossian.

Meanwhile, 46-year-old Bruce Pond is being held in Wells County in connection with the death. His bail is set at $100,000.

Police say Pond was intoxicated when he fired a gun towards the boy and his father, who were fishing off of a pier in Ossian around 11:00 p.m. Friday night.




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