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Young basketball players lauded for showing respect at passing funeral procession

FRANKLINTON, La. (AP) — Some young basketball players in Louisiana are receiving recognition after they stopped their game and dropped to their knees when a funeral procession passed.

The youngsters were playing a pickup game on the court at Franklinton Junior High School, about 60 miles north of New Orleans.

Sisters Lynn Bienvenu and Johannah Stroud said they were attending their cousin’s funeral when they noticed the gesture.

Bienvenu wrote on Facebook that there was not an adult around to tell them to stop playing and the gesture meant a great deal to the family.

Residents say the school’s coaches and teachers have instilled in the students the importance of showing respect when a funeral procession passes.