About 300 mourners gathered Sunday for memorial services for Municipal Court Judge Timothy England, 43, who was killed last week when the van in which he was a passenger collided with another car in Los Banos in Merced County.
Court employees, judges, prosecuting and defense attorneys, police officers and victim-assistance workers were among those who crowded into the small chapel. At least 100 people stood outside, straining to hear the eulogies delivered by England's closest friends and associates.
England was born in Santa Monica and lived on the Westside all his life.
After graduation from USC, he served in the Navy, then returned to school, earning his law degree from Loyola Law School in 1969.
As a deputy district attorney in Santa Monica Superior Court, he earned a reputation as a dedicated and sensitive prosecutor as head of one of the early sexual-assault prosecution units. He was appointed to the bench by former Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 1981 and assigned to the West Los Angeles Court.