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Washington Post: Judge killed in Tucson rampage remembered at funeral as man of integrity, role model


January 14, 2011- For the second day in a row, mourners in this grieving city gathered in a pink-walled, green-roofed Catholic church under bright and sunny skies.

But on Friday, instead of remembering the spirited, short life of a girl who loved gymnastics and dance, they mourned a respected federal judge who faced threats on his life over the years but - in the end - was killed because he stopped by to greet a congresswoman targeted by a gunman.

Christina Taylor Green, at age 9 the youngest victim of last weekend's shooting rampage, was remembered Thursday in a funeral service at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. The funeral for John M. Roll, the chief federal judge in Arizona, was held at the same church Friday.

The two-and-a-half hour service began with the sound of bagpipes floating out into the crisp desert air as mourners entered the sanctuary.

The federal courthouse in Tucson was shut down for five hours so lawyers, court employees and Roll's judicial colleagues could attend. A private burial was scheduled at a nearby cemetery following the service, which ended at 12:30 p.m. Mountain time.

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