Fam­ily holds pri­vate fu­neral ser­vice for gang­ster Bul­ger

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BOS­TON | A fu­neral Mass was held in Bos­ton on Thurs­day for no­to­ri­ous gang­ster James “Whitey” Bul­ger, who was killed last week hours af­ter he ar­rived at a trou­bled West Vir­ginia prison.

The arch­dio­cese of Bos­ton said a pri­vate ser­vice for im­me­di­ate fam­ily was held at St. Mon­ica Church in South Bos­ton, the once-Ir­ish Catholic strong­hold where Bul­ger grew up and ran his ruth­less gang.

Bul­ger’s body was present at the ser­vice, and the burial is pri­vate, the arch­dio­cese said.

Bul­ger was found beaten to death shortly af­ter he was trans­ferred to USP Hazel­ton, a fed­eral pen­i­ten­tiary that has come un­der fire for its dan­ger­ous con­di­tions.

Of­fi­cials briefed on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion have said two Mas­sachusetts mob­sters are un­der sus­pi­cion in the killing of Bul­ger, 89, but no charges have been brought.

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