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Former NY Jets teammates are pallbearers at Joe McKnight's funeral after shooting

Pallbearers, including Dallas Cowboys quarterback Mark Sanchez, partially obscured left, and former NFL players Bart Scott, second right, and Willie Colon, right, carry the casket of former NFL football player Joe McKnight, after his funeral service at the New Home Family Worship Center in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. McKnight was shot and killed Dec. 1 during a road rage incident in suburban New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pallbearers, including Dallas Cowboys quarterback Mark Sanchez, partially obscured left, and former NFL players Bart Scott, second right, and Willie Colon, right, carry the casket of former NFL football player Joe McKnight, after his funeral service at the New Home Family Worship Center in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. McKnight was shot and killed Dec. 1 during a road rage incident in suburban New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Five former New York Jets teammates were pallbearers at the funeral for football player Joe McKnight, who was shot and killed Dec. 1 during a road-rage incident in suburban New Orleans.

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"Joe had the ability to make everybody feel he was your best friend," former Jets linebacker Bart Scott told WVUE-TV.

Several ministers spoke during the funeral service attended by hundreds of people at New Home Ministries, news media reported. Those who attended received programs with photos of McKnight, 28, his family, and his 7-year-old son, Jaiden, NOLA.com reported.

Bishop William McPherson told the crowd that he had baptized McKnight and several of his siblings, The Advocate reported. "Joe is with the Lord," McPherson said.

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Ronald Gasser, 54, has been arrested on a manslaughter charge in McKnight's death.

McKnight played for the Jets from 2010 to 2013. His pallbearers were former teammates Scott, Sione Po'uha, Antonio Cromartie, Willie Colon, and D'Brickashaw. Another pallbearer was LenDale White, who played at the University of Southern California prior to McKnight's arrival.

As the casket and mourners headed from the church to Restlawn Cemetery in suburban Avondale, the Free Spirit Brass Band played "I'll Fly Away."

Mourners included Darryl Pierce, 58, who wore a Jets hat and shirt and green pants to honor McKnight. He said he remembered McKnight playing for John Curtis Christian High School against his own son's team, Carver High School.

"He used to put on a show against us. Against everybody," Pierce said.

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