- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 29, 2002

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) More than 1,000 mourners joined Chandra Levy's parents at a memorial for the former government intern yesterday just hours after authorities in Washington announced that she had been killed.
Rabbi Paul Gordon, who led a prayer, lamented "the loss of a bright light and a bright soul a good person taken from us too soon."
A string quartet played in the foyer as people arrived at Modesto's convention center. Inside the hall, decorated with flowers and pictures of the 24-year-old Miss Levy, a harpist played "Memories."
Many of those in the crowd did not know Robert and Susan Levy but felt a connection to the parents and their grief.
"It's just a terrible thing that's happened in our community," said Vince Landolina, 63, explaining that he was drawn to the service because of the loss of a young child years ago. "I can't imagine what the Levys are feeling, having known their daughter so long."
Earlier yesterday, medical examiner Jonathan L. Arden said that while the cause of Miss Levy's death could not be determined, the case had been classified a homicide.
Miss Levy's remains were found last week in Rock Creek Park. Police said they may again interview some of the people they talked to after Miss Levy disappeared 13 months ago, including Rep. Gary Condit and a man who was convicted of assaulting two joggers in the park last year.
Police have said repeatedly that Mr. Condit, who was defeated for re-election in a Democratic primary in March, is not a suspect. But the attorney for the Levys said the family still believes Mr. Condit, who authorities say had a romantic relationship with Miss Levy, knows more about her final days than he has admitted.


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