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Mourners attend funeral for 21-year-old man in Yonkers

Jonathan Maldonado allegedly stole a cell phone, died in police custody

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YONKERS — A funeral was held for Jonathan Maldonado, 21, a Yonkers man who died in Greenburgh police custody.

Tuesday about 400 mourners packed St. Mary’s Church on South Broadway to say their goodbyes.

Greenburgh Police say they tried to arrest Maldonado, on Nov. 28 for allegedly stealing a cell phone from the Hartsdale Best Buy.

Before police arrived on scene Best Buy security personnel chased Maldonado on foot to a field off Central Avenue and Harvard Drive.

When authorities arrived, they had to use a taser on Maldonado to get him under control.

He later suffered cardiac arrest and couldn't be revived in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Monday Maldonado's mother said she just wanted answers.

"He didn't deserve it, he was loved, loved by many, his job. He worked as a school aid, a 21-year-old boy who cares for little children," says Maldonado’s mother Nancy Khade.

Maldonado's family says he was pursuing a criminal justice degree, with hopes to become a police officer.

The attorney general's office is investigating the case and has promised an independent, comprehensive, and fair investigation.

Maldonado's final resting place will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Greenburgh.

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