Hannah Anderson's mom, brother will finally get memorial they deserve
A public memorial service for Hannah Anderson's mother and 8-year-old brother is being held today, almost three weeks after their remains were first found in the burnt home of family friend James DiMaggio.
About a thousand or more mourners are expected to attend the service for Christina Anderson, 44, and her son, Ethan, according to an employee at the Guardian Angel Roman Catholic Church in Santee, California.
The service will not only provide closure for family, friends, and neighbors, but also marks another step towards the end of a case that has captivated the nation for close to a month.
A Catholic mass will be celebrated and David Braun, Christina's uncle, will reportedly deliver a eulogy.
Earlier this week, 16-year-old Hannah, who was kidnapped by DiMaggio and eventually rescued in Idaho after a week-long manhunt, spoke out publicly for the first time since returning home. After thanking her supporters, the teen wiped away tears as she discussed the family members she lost at the hands of the man she once thought of as an uncle. ""He had a really big heart," Hannah said of Ethan in an interview with the TODAY show. She went on to describe her mother as kind, but also "strong-hearted and very tough".
I can't even begin to imagine what an emotional day it will be for the Hannah, her dad, and the rest of their relatives. Still, I'm glad that they'll finally have a chance to be able to celebrate and remember their loved ones together, and with the rest of the community that has acted as a support system since the ordeal.
This case has taken so many shocking and unexpected turns along the way and there are still many answers we don't know--including what exactly motivated DiMaggio to commit such horrific crimes. But it's important to remember that at the heart of all this is a family, including a 16-year-old girl, who have been left to pick up the pieces. Hopefully, this memorial will be another step in the process as they attempt to heal and move on.
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