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TUCSON (AP) — One day after mourning a bubbly 9-year-old slain during the attempted assassination of a congresswoman, residents gather Friday at the same Tucson church to remember the life of a federal judge.
U.S. District Judge John Roll, who served nearly 40 years, had stopped by a supermarketmeet-and-greet for Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when he was shot and killed, along with five others. Thirteen were wounded, including Giffords, who was shot in the head.
Dozens of dignitaries including former Vice President Dan Quayle are attending the funeral. Adam Goldberg, a spokesman for the fire department and the event, says Quayle will present a handwritten message from formerPresident George H.W. Bush, who appointed U.S. District Judge John Roll to the bench.
Goldberg says Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will be at the funeral Friday, as well as Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl. The church seats 1,700.
Three hours before services Friday, U.S. marshals and local law officers were at the church, preparing for morning services, as four coach buses full of judges pulled into the parkinglot. Members of the media were barred from the event.
Across the street, graffiti on a retaining wall reads "Stop the Hate." A huge sign draped over a house reads "Your community is standing with you."
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On Thursday, the focus was on Christina-Taylor Green as some 2,000 mourners saidgoodbye to the joyful, patriotic and athletic girl whose life began on Sept. 11, 2001, and ended on what has become another day of national tragedy. Hundreds more lined streets outside in a show of unity and support.
Eight-year-old Dante Williams had only one thing on his mind: he wanted to leave a giant teddy bear, Brownie, for his slain friend.
The third-grader who attended school with thedark-haired girl recalled chasing her at recess and having dance contests with her in the schoolyard — mostly break-dancing, he said. He bought the stuffed animal, a toy nearly as tall as himself, to leave by Christina's casket because she loved animals, but there was no room.
Instead, his mother said he would take it to school and leave it at a growing memorial there.
"This was kind of a closure forhim. He was in the car coming here saying he was feeling sad about it," said Leshan Mitchell, as she and her son left the service. "He said, 'Mom, I'm feeling really sad now' and I said, 'People who didn't know her are feeling sad, too, and it's OK to cry and it's OK to be angry."
Outside the church, mourners lined both sides of the street outside for more than a quarter-mile to show their support.Hundreds of motorcycle riders from all over stood guard. More than a dozen residents were dressed as angels and some mourners dressed in white placed candles alongside the road leading to the church.
As Christina's family grieved, new developments emerged in the case when a man walking his dog found a black bag containing ammunition that authorities believe was discarded by the suspected gunman,22-year-old Jared Loughner.
Also Thursday, police released tapes of law enforcement radio traffic after the shooting that reveal a dispatcher urgently sending deputies to the scene, and one of the deputies calling for more help: "We need a lot more units here."
Before the service, Christina's family and closest friends gathered under the enormous the American flag recovered from Ground Zero andpaused for a moment of silence, holding hands and crying. White-gloved state troopers escorted family and dignitaries into the church as a choir sang hymns.
"She would want to say to us today, 'Enjoy life,'" said Bishop Gerald Kicanas, who presided over the funeral. "She would want to say to us today, 'God has loved me so much. He has put his hand on me and prepared a place for me.'"