San Diego mourns mother and brother of kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson

By: Newscenter 16 Email
By: Newscenter 16 Email

An overflow crowd is expected to gather at a Southern California church on Saturday, August 24th, to remember a mother and 8-year-old boy who were allegedly killed by kidnapping and murder suspect James Lee DiMaggio.

Guardian Angel Roman Catholic Church in Santee, Calif., is planning for a thousand or more mourners at the 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET) service for Christina Anderson, 44, and her son, Ethan, a church employee said.

A Catholic Mass will be celebrated and a eulogy will be delivered by David Braun, Christina Anderson's uncle.

Authorities say the mother and son were killed on Aug. 3 by DiMaggio, who then rigged his house to burst into flames and fled with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson. A week-long manhunt culminated with Hannah's rescue and DiMaggio's death in an Idaho wilderness.

Anderson was taken to a remote part of Idaho by DiMaggio before she was rescued by law enforcement. A group of horseback riders spotted the pair, and directed scores of law enforcement officials to the sprawling Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. DiMaggio was killed in a shootout.

Police have disclosed few details about a possible motive for the murders and abduction of Hannah.

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