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Even before the wake for 9-year-old Janmarcos Pena was scheduled to begin Wednesday, more than 100 people were already waiting at a Jamaica Plain funeral home to pay their respects.
In the parking lot, Pedro Nova paused with his daughter Lea Nova Rodriguez, 9, who was a classmate of the boy.
“Janmarcos was a kid full of love, full of happiness, and always had a lot of energy,” she said. Whenever a friend was sad, she added, Janmarcos would always try to comfort them, saying, “Aww, it’s OK.”
Janmarcos was shot to death last Friday in his Mattapan home, allegedly by his older brother, who is now faces juvenile charges, including involuntary manslaughter.