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.