Community says final goodbyes to teen fatally stabbed last month

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Family and friends gathered Friday night to say their final goodbyes to the Flatlands teen brutally assaulted in Midwood last month.

Rohan “Rollie” Burke, 17, died after being stabbed by fellow teen David Lopez, of the Bronx. His parents say that on the day of his death, he had told them that he was going to a park with his friends.

An hour later, he died from stab wounds to the chest at Maimonides Medical Center.

MORE: Police: Person in custody in deadly Midwood stabbing; mother charged

Lopez has since been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Lopez’s mother Barbara Galloza, 38, is charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

Police are still looking for one more person who is described by investigators as an accomplice.

"We have to accept the fact that he is not going to be here, so we just accept the fact that he's gone. It's very sad,” said a guest attending Burke’s service at the Tabernacle of Praise in East Flatbush. “He’s a special boy to me. I love him and I'll always love him.”

Burke’s family describes him as a kind and gentle boy whose memory will always be with them.

Burke’s funeral is set to be held Saturday morning, also at the Tabernacle of Praise.

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