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Family of homeless veteran, who died in overheated New York City jail cell, to hold funeral

FILE- In this March 12, 2014 file photo, Alma Murdough and her daughter Cheryl Warner hold a photo of Murdough's son, at her home in the Queens borough of New York. Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill, homeless former Marine arrested for sleeping in the roof landing of a New York City public housing project during one of the coldest recorded winters in city history, died in a Rikers Island jail cell that multiple city officials say was at least 100 degrees when his body was discovered. The former Marine will be buried in New Jersey on Friday, April 25, 2014, after a modest funeral service in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

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FILE- In this March 12, 2014 file photo, Alma Murdough and her daughter Cheryl Warner hold a photo of Murdough's son, at her home in the Queens borough of New York. Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill, homeless former Marine arrested for sleeping in the roof landing of a New York City public housing project during one of the coldest recorded winters in city history, died in a Rikers Island jail cell that multiple city officials say was at least 100 degrees when his body was discovered. The former Marine will be buried in New Jersey on Friday, April 25, 2014, after a modest funeral service in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A modest funeral service has been planned for a homeless former Marine who was found dead more than two months ago in an overheated New York City jail cell.

The family of 56-year-old Jerome Murdough (muhr-DOH') says he'll lie in a closed casket in a Queens funeral parlour while family members say prayers on Friday.

They say his body will then be taken by hearse to a New Jersey cemetery for burial.

The medical examiner has not yet determined exactly how Murdough died. But officials told The Associated Press the mentally ill inmate was found dead Feb. 15 in a cell that was at least 100 degrees.

Three Department of Correction officials have been disciplined following the death, which Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) called "very troubling."

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