Christopher Marks Laid To Rest

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(KPLR) – Monday family and friends lay to rest Christopher Marks, remembering his laugh, his love of sports and his friendship.

Marks drowned in the Meramec River, last week.  His body was found after a long search.

The funeral was a somber scene, cameras weren't allowed inside, however, FOX2 cameras were the only one's rolling for the touching tribute that followed.

Mourners wrote meaningful messages on a lantern set to rise in the sky in honor of Chris Marks.  The 12-year-old was found dead in the Meramec River after vanishing August 5th.

Family members tell me he had been drinking.

After burying her brother, 15-year-old Katie marks says she's committed to curbing underage drinking.  Chris's family says they have a lot of questions about his death, including how he got the alcohol.

But as the lantern is lit and it begins to rise, their thoughts and prayers are with Chris.

Family members say they want the person who gave Chris the alcohol to be charged with a crime.

Police are using an aquatic expert to help with the investigation.