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Palm Island farewells Cameron Doomadgee

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 11 December 2004

The funeral of Cameron Doomadgee, who died in police custody, is under way on Palm Island.

Mourners have spilt outside the church and gathered under a mango tree at the funeral.

The casket was covered in an Aboriginal flag with about 50 relatives leading the hearse to the church.

Mr Doomadgee's mother Doris has been unable to attend the funeral due to a terminal illness.

In a tribute, Eric Doomadgee says his father Cameron was the best father a son could hope for.

The police presence is small with just one senior inspector, who is a family friend, attending the service.

The funeral service coincides with a national day of action in Brisbane over Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Mr Doomadgee, 36, was found dead in a cell at the Palm Island watch house while in police custody late last month, sparking riots and protests.

Mr Doomadgee's death is the subject of a Crime and Misconduct Commission inquiry.

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