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Goodbye to Samantha y.iBMt ( j-r, j-r, j-r, i " -"' -"' Mil S-. S-. S-. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An unidentified mourner prays over a coffin bearing the body of 5-year-old 5-year-old 5-year-old 5-year-old 5-year-old Samantha Runnion prior to a funeral service Wednesday at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove. Child's funeral draws thousands Crystal Cathedral packed full of mourners By Chelsea J.Carter The Associated Press GARDEN GROVE Thousands of mourners packed the Crystal Cathedral on Wednesday to say goodbye to 5-year-old 5-year-old 5-year-old 5-year-old 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, a child many knew only through a photograph flashed during news reports of her abduction and murder. The cathedral was filled to capacity with 3,000 people of all ages and races who came from throughout Southern California. More than 1,000 others gathered gathered outside and listened on speakers. Erin Runnion, the child's mother, spoke midway through the service and offered a slide show of Samantha's artwork artwork accompanied by music from the animated Disney film, "Peter Pan." She called the ordeal an "awful nightmare." "Nothing can bring our baby back," she said, choking back tears. "But knowing knowing that her death was handled with the utmost integrity and her life cherished by so many does bring some solace. We are overwhelmed by the love people have shown Samantha. "We always knew she had a gift for the world, but it never occurred to us that her 5 ll 31 a ii I THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Mourners begin to fill the Crystal Cathedral prior to a funeral service Wednesday for 5-year-old 5-year-old 5-year-old 5-year-old 5-year-old Samantha Runnion in Garden Grove. greatness would be realized in her death." The cathedral was adorned with pink and white roses, including several giant wreaths made of the flowers. Samantha's Samantha's small brown casket was also covered covered with pink roses near the pulpit. See FUNERALPage 2A

Clipped from The Californian25 Jul 2002, ThuPage 1

The Californian (Salinas, California)25 Jul 2002, ThuPage 1
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