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Mourners question accidental police shooting of Hofstra student; family 'beyond devastated'

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CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME -- In this photo copied from the 2010 Sleepy Hollow High School yearbook, high school student Andrea Rebello is shown. Police said Rebello, a junior at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., was shot and killed Friday, May 17, 2013, during a break-in near the college campus. (AP Photo/Sleepy Hollow High School) (The Associated Press)

Some mourners are echoing the sentiments of family members, wondering if the accidental shooting of a Hofstra University student by police could have been prevented.

Mourners gathered Tuesday for a wake in Tarrytown for Andrea Rebello. Maria Sousa of Millbrook said she's known Rebello's father for years and said the family is "beyond devastated."

Sousa said police should have waited for backup during a standoff with an armed intruder who had Andrea in a headlock at her home. Anthony Martinato of Tarrytown, a friend of Rebello's, said her death could have been prevented.

Earlier, a New York police union president defended the officer, saying the only person responsible for Rebello's death was intruder Dalton Smith. The unnamed officer fired when police say Smith pointed his weapon. Smith also was killed.