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Hip-hop artist Aaron Buron's funeral held in Oxford

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Media captionMany of the mourners arrived wearing specially designed T-shirts emblazoned with AZ

The funeral of a popular musician who was fatally outside his home in Oxford has been held.

Aaron Buron, 29, was a hip-hop artist known as AZ and had performed at anti-knife crime concerts.

Hundreds of mourners came to pay their respects at James Street church, where his family worship.

BBC Oxford correspondent Jeremy Stern said the church "had been full for an hour before the service started".

Image caption About 500 mourners came to pay their respects to Aaron Buron

"People have kept on coming and police have closed the roads off," he said.

Many of the mourners arrived wearing special T-shirts with AZ in a graffiti tag-style logo, on them.

There was silence amid the large group of people outside as the father-of-two's shiny black coffin emerged from the hearse.

Mr Buron, who was due to turn 30 two days before he was killed, rapped lyrics about how he wanted to turn his life around.

In a track called Deep Thoughts the lyrics include "I was once a lost boy but I am finding my way" and "I'm trying to focus on Islam, not a girl in my bed, I want to change my ways before I end up dead".

Tribute concert

One friend, Robert Nunley, said Mr Buron helped to spread an anti-knife crime message.

"He'd be the first person to tell anybody to put the knife down and not to do it, we did shows that are anti-knife crime," he said.

Mr Buron was fatally stabbed on 31 March, outside his home in St Martin's Road, Rose Hill.

A tribute concert in his memory is being planned by friends.

Haydan O'Callaghan, 18, of Saunders Road, Oxford, has been charged with Mr Buron's murder.

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