Avonte Oquendo laid to rest following service at St. Joseph's Church in Manhattan

Oquendo's remains were found along an East River shore in Queens last week.

Oquendo's remains were found along an East River shore in Queens last week. (1/25/14)

NEW YORK - The family of Avonte Oquendo said their final goodbyes Saturday after a three-month search for the missing autistic boy ended in tragedy.

Both private and public services were held Saturday morning at St. Joseph's Church in Manhattan for the 14-year-old, who was last seen running out of his Long Island City school in October. His remains were found along an East River shore in Queens last week.

The medical examiner confirmed earlier this week that the remains found were indeed Oquendo's.

A representative of the autism awareness group Autism Speaks spoke about the need to raise awareness for special needs children so tragedies such as this do not occur.

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