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January 15, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet genius, was eulogized on Tuesday as a person who wanted to make the world better but was hounded into killing himself by harsh government policies. Swartz was “killed by the government,” his father, Robert Swartz, said at the service at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill., according to the Chicago Sun-Times . “He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles,” he said. Facing the possibility of a long prison sentence if convicted of charges that he illegally downloaded millions of academic journal articles, Swartz hanged himself in his New York apartment Friday.
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NATIONAL
December 19, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali
WOODBURY, Conn. -- On the front lawn, white paper bags had been arranged to spell out "Hope. " Hundreds of mourners descended Wednesday on a tiny funeral home in this picture-postcard town to pay their respects to Dawn Hochsprung, Sandy Hook Elementary's beloved principal, who was rushing toward the gunman in the first moments of last Friday's rampage when she was shot. Wearing winter coats and hats to ward off the chill, friends, colleagues and family members -- some carrying flowers -- lined up outside the funeral home as the sun began to set on a clear, crisp afternoon.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
At the Wednesday public memorial service that celebrated her tragically short life, Jenni Rivera was hailed as "the eternal diva," "la gran señora," "mariposa de barrio" (butterfly of the barrio) and other terms of deep affection and respect. But there was another title that Rivera had aspired to and earned: the Latin American Oprah Winfrey. Like Winfrey before her, the Long Beach native, who died with six other people in a Dec. 9 plane crash in northern Mexico, was more than simply a multitalented, multi-tasking woman of a certain age, ethnicity and oversize personality.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2012 | Tina Susman and Brian Bennett
At the Village Cemetery, a freshly dug grave lay waiting. At the funeral home, the mourners gathered, many of them children in sports jerseys -- clothes that might be unusual for some funerals, but not for this one. Newtown began burying its dead Monday, starting with Jack Armistead Pinto, a sports fanatic with an impish smile. In Fairfield, about 20 miles away, family and friends gathered to remember his classmate, Noah Pozner, the youngest of the 20 children killed when a gunman opened fire in their elementary school.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2012 | By Tina Susman and Brian Bennett
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- One loved to play and build things and the other loved his New York Giants football. Grief-stricken relatives buried them separately on  Monday, the first of a series of funerals tugging at a nation's sensibilities. Twenty children and six adults were shot to death when a lone gunman invaded the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning. The suspect, Adam Lanza, began his rampage by killing his mother, Nancy, and ended it by shooting himself to death, authorities said.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By Tina Susman and Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
NEWTOWN, CONN. - How could this happen? And why? Msgr. Robert Weiss could offer limited comfort to the afflicted citizens of this traumatized New England town in the aftermath of an unimaginable slaughter. "We know there is no answer," Weiss told an overflow crowd Friday evening at a wrenching memorial service at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Earlier, he had spent five hours inside a fire station next to Sandy Hook Elementary School with the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of slain children.
WORLD
October 22, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Government forces and angry mourners clashed Sunday in a raging street brawl that dramatized how the conflict in neighboring Syria has inflamed Lebanon's sectarian tensions and threatens to destabilize this nation's delicate political balance. The funeral for a slain police official devolved into an unsightly battle in the heart of the Lebanese capital as mourners tried to storm the hilltop government palace but were turned back by troops. Soldiers launched tear gas canisters and squeezed salvos of automatic weapons fire into the air in a bid to disperse the enraged crowd of several hundred - mostly young men, some wielding sticks and tossing stones as they charged the prime minister's elegant headquarters, known as the Grand Serail.
NATIONAL
August 2, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
AURORA, Colo. - The spelling was a bit off, but the sentiment heartfelt: "Stay strong Colorado. Sorry for all you pepoel who got hurt and injured. Love you all. " When Aurora residents gathered in the thousands to remember the 12 people killed and dozens wounded in a movie theater massacre, 8-year-old Olivia Schultz sat on her mom's shoulders, holding aloft the sign she had fashioned in red, blue, green and purple crayon. It was one of several signs Olivia's family made for an improvised memorial that sprang up across the street from where a gunman opened fire July 20 during a midnight screening of the new Batman movie,"The Dark Knight Rises.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2012
Victims of the Colorado theater shootings were mourned at funeral services in various parts of the country on Saturday, among them a man who died saving his girlfriend's life. Mourners packed a church in Springfield, Ohio, to remember Matt McQuinn, and friends and family of aspiring sportscaster Jessica Ghawi gathered in San Antonio. A private funeral service was held at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., for Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, an Air Force reservist. Twelve people died in the attack in Aurora, and 58 others were injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
As hundreds of mourners gathered at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Saturday, Joanna Ramos' grieving mother fought back tears and said she would always remember her 10-year-old daughter as a "good and happy little girl who dreamed of being a singer and a star. " "What happened to Joanna could happen to anybody," Cecilia Villanueva, 41, said before the service. "Parents need to be careful and try to watch over their children, even when they are at school with friends. " Relatives, friends and strangers assembled at the cemetery's chapel for a funeral service to honor the fifth-grader, who died after a fight with a classmate near their elementary school in Long Beach.
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