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Houston Chronicle Live Tweeted the Stay Funeral

The six members of the Stay family from Spring who were brutally murdered one week ago by the children's uncle, Ron Lee Haskell, who has been charged with capital murder, were laid to rest on Wednesday. In attendance was the sole survivor of the attack, 15-year-old Cassidy Stay, who helped lead police to Haskell by calling 911 after she had been critically shot.

Tributes and fund-raising opportunities have sprouted up across the city and the Internet to assist a grieving family with their loss, and, not surprisingly, the news coverage of the crime has been intense. For the most part, the news media has been respectful of the family's privacy while doing its job covering the story as closely as possible. But we have to wonder if the Houston Chronicle's efforts on Wednesday were a tad over the top.

The Chron sent not one but two reporters who live tweeted the funeral, complete with photos. We love social media and it is understandable that a media outlet might tweet from the scene of something as moving as a final tribute to a slain family, but they actually created a hashtag for it: #stayfuneral, which feels a bit awkward to us.

Here are some of the stranger selections from the series of messages:

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While we commend the Chron for being diligent in their coverage of this mournful event, we can't help feeling at least a little bit like one Twitter user who commented:

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