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October 14, 2013

Funeral scheduled for Missouri zookeeper killed by elephant

A Springfield zookeeper will be laid to rest near St. Louis on Tuesday.

A Springfield zookeeper will be laid to rest near St. Louis on Tuesday.

The funeral for 62-year-old John Bradford will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home in De Soto, southwest of St. Louis. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

Bradford died Friday when he was hit by an elephant at the Dickerson Park Zoo. The city has said Bradford and other zookeepers were following procedures when the elephant, name Patience, suddenly moved toward Bradford, crushing him.

Bradford worked at the zoo for 30 years.

Zoo officials say the elephant will not be euthanized and no disciplinary action will be taken.

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