Funerals and memorial services

Mourners attend the funeral service for Gretchen D. Vincent, 51, and her 15-year-old son, Michael Walker Vincent at Our Saviors Church in Lafayette, La., on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. They were among five people who died when the plane they were on crashed shortly after takeoff in Lafayette on Saturday, en route to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)
January 02, 2020 - 7:19 pm
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Family and friends wearing purple and gold said goodbye Thursday to a Louisiana woman and her son who were on their way to see the Peach Bowl when they died in a plane crash. Gretchen Vincent, 51, and her son, Michael Walker Vincent, 15 were on a plane that crashed shortly...
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This Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, photo, Hawkins County Schools Bus No. 89, the last one used by Rob Brooks in his 57 1/2-year career driving a school bus for the system, leaves the cemetery after his committal service in Church Hill, Tenn. The weekend funeral procession for a Tennessee man who drove a school bus for more than 57 years included the last bus he drove before retiring - Hawkins County Schools bus no. 89. (Rick Wagner/The Kingsport Times-News via AP)
December 30, 2019 - 8:06 pm
CHURCH HILL, Tenn. (AP) — A weekend funeral procession for a Tennessee man who drove a school bus for more than 57 years included the last bus he drove before retiring — Hawkins County Schools bus no. 89. Robert Brooks, who was also a farmer, started driving for the county schools in 1958 after...
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People read the holy book of the Quran as they pray at a mass grave site for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami, during the commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the disaster in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Nurhasanah)
December 26, 2019 - 5:44 am
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of people knelt in prayer in Indonesia's Aceh province at ceremonies Thursday marking the 15th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, one of modern history's worst natural disasters. The massive Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 9.1...
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People gather during the funeral Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, in Algiers, Algeria, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019. Algeria is holding an elaborate military funeral for the general who was the de facto ruler of the gas-rich country amid political turmoil throughout this year. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou)
December 25, 2019 - 12:59 pm
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria held an elaborate military funeral Wednesday for the general who was the gas-rich country's de facto ruler amid political turmoil throughout this year. Big crowds packed the route of the funeral cortege Wednesday to pay homage to Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah, chief of the...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, file photo, people pause and place a candle at a make-shift memorial for Tessa Majors inside the Barnard campus, in New York. Majors, a 18-year-old Barnard College freshman, who was fatally stabbed in a New York City park earlier this month was remembered by friends and classmates Saturday, Dec. 21, at a private memorial service at her high school alma mater, St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
December 21, 2019 - 9:19 pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Barnard College freshman who was fatally stabbed in a New York City park earlier this month was remembered by friends and classmates Saturday at a private memorial service at her high school alma mater in Virginia. Those who knew Tessa Majors gathered at St. Anne’s-...
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The wife of Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals, Laura Seals, center, receives an American flag during his funeral in Jersey City, N.J., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. The 40-year-old married father of five was killed in a confrontation a week ago with two attackers who then drove to a kosher market and killed three people inside before dying in a lengthy shootout with police. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
December 17, 2019 - 6:12 pm
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — As rain poured down Tuesday, thousands of police officers lined the streets of Jersey City to honor a detective killed last week in what officials are calling a domestic terrorism attack that also left three civilians dead. Joseph Seals, a 40-year-old married father of five...
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Dustin Walters, center left, hugs his brother Mason Walter, center right, during a funeral service for their brother and U.S. Navy Airmen Apprentice, Cameron Walters, at the Compassion Christian Church in Savannah, Ga., Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Cameron Walters was one of the three Navy sailors killed in a Saudi gunman's attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida on Dec. 6. (Stephen B. Morton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
December 16, 2019 - 5:52 pm
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — One of the young Navy sailors killed in a Saudi gunman's attack at a Florida base had boundless energy and a fierce loyalty to family and friends in Georgia that will make him “the most amazing guardian angel,” some of those closest to the slain sailor told hundreds at his...
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Julie Frates carries her daughter Lucy as they follow the casket of her husband Pete Frates following his funeral at St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish church at Boston College in Boston, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Frates, a former college baseball player whose determined battle with Lou Gehrig's disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
December 13, 2019 - 3:23 pm
BOSTON (AP) — To honor Peter Frates — the former Boston College baseball player whose public battle with ALS helped make the ice bucket challenge a phenomenon — do as he did, the priest who officiated at his funeral said Friday. “The best way to honor him is to try to imitate him,” the Rev. Tony...
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This photo provided by University of Missouri shows Yin-Chih Jao from the 1923 & 1924 Savitar Yearbook. The Associated Press has recognized the sacrifice of Yin-Chih Jao, a journalist in China by installing his name Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 on its memorial Wall of Honor. Jao was a correspondent working for the AP in China at the time of the Communist Red Army's victory over Nationalist forces and its conquest of China. Jao continued to work for AP in Nanjing even after American correspondents were evicted from the country. His passion for journalism led to his execution in 1951. (University of Missouri via AP)
December 11, 2019 - 8:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Y.C. Jao was a respected Chinese correspondent working for The Associated Press in April 1949 when Mao Zedong’s Red Army stormed into Nanjing, defeating the Nationalist forces of leader Chiang Kai-shek and paving the way for the Communist takeover of China. A family man in his late...
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In this Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 photo, Rev. William Tourigny, 66, pastor of St. Rose de Lima Parish, in Chicopee, Mass., arranges vestments while preparing to offer Mass at the Catholic church. When Tourigny was ordained in 1980, the Springfield diocese had more than 300 priests serving 136 parishes. Since then, the ranks of priests have shrunk by more than half and nearly 60 of the parishes have closed. For Tourigny, it's meant many more funerals to handle, including dozens related to drug overdoses and heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
December 09, 2019 - 1:13 pm
CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under...
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