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Hundreds gather to protest fatal shooting of California boy by deputy

In this photo provided by the Lopez family is a picture of Andy Lopez, who was killed by sheriff's deputies in Santa Rosa, Calif. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Northern California sheriff's deputies have shot and killed the 13-year-old boy after repeatedly telling him to drop what turned out to be a replica assault rifle, sheriff's officials and family members said. Two Sonoma County deputies on patrol saw the boy walking with what appeared to be a high-powered weapon.

In this photo provided by the Lopez family is a picture of Andy Lopez, who was killed by sheriff's deputies in Santa Rosa, Calif. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Northern California sheriff's deputies have shot and killed the 13-year-old boy after repeatedly telling him to drop what turned out to be a replica assault rifle, sheriff's officials and family members said. Two Sonoma County deputies on patrol saw the boy walking with what appeared to be a high-powered weapon.  (AP/The Press Democrat)

Several hundred people have gathered in a courthouse square to protest the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a California sheriff's deputy.

The protesters, many of them middle and high school students, assembled Tuesday in downtown Santa Rosa. They carried signs and wore hooded sweatshirts with photos of Andy Lopez.

Lopez was shot by a Sonoma County deputy last week after authorities say the deputy mistook a pellet gun Lopez was carrying for an assault rifle.

The shooting is being investigated by the FBI, police and prosecutors.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa says county offices are set to close early, as the protesters march from a square to a junior college and then to the Sheriff's Department.