- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Linda Franklin, the ninth victim cut down by the Washington sniper, was remembered yesterday as a woman of great energy and zest, who loved life, loved her family and sought earnestly after God.
Mrs. Franklin, an FBI analyst from Arlington, was laid to rest following a service at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church attended by hundreds of mourners.
"She was quite something," said the Rev. Larry Tingle, who officiated at the ceremony with the Rev. Nancy Childress. "There is sorrow and grief today, for her loss leaves us with a grief that cannot be measured."
The church altar held votive candles to represent prayers for each of the 12 victims of the sniper. Nine were killed allhave now been buried or cremated and three wounded. The most recent victim, a man shot Saturday night in Ashland, Va.
Authorities there confirmed Monday that ballistics results match those of the other sniper victims.
"Linda touched countless lives for good. Through her, many experienced love and joy and hope. She has been a gift of life for us, and grieve we must because she has been taken from us too quickly," Mr. Tingle said.
Mrs. Franklin, 47, was fatally shot in the head at 9:15 p.m. Oct. 14 outside a Home Depot in Fairfax County while loading packages with her husband, Ted.
The mother of two adult children, Mrs. Franklin was a cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy in 2001. She was awaiting the birth of her grandson in February.
Mrs. Franklin's father, Charles Moore, said his daughter was "cut from a different cloth."
"She was argumentative, impetuous. She was thoughtful. There were times during her young life I would have willingly given her up for adoption," Mr. Moore joked.
"But most times, I was so proud of her I couldn't fit my shirt on, my chest was swelling so big," he said.
Mr. Moore remembered his daughter's love for theater as a young girl, and her first big role as a dancer in "Arabian Nights" during high school. He remembered the time she convinced her younger brother, Steven, that the rest of the cast was wearing their costumes to school one day, so he wore a bunny rabbit suit to school.
He remembered her "search for God" and how she would bring numerous questions for Mr. Moore's pastor when she came to visit.
"Linda was one who lived Christianity. If she saw someone hungry, she fed them. If she saw someone poorly dressed, she clothed them. She's made quite an impact on my life," said Mr. Moore.
Mrs. Franklin was born in Columbia, Ind., and grew up in Gainesville, Fla. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in education in 1986, and went on to work at Department of Defense schools in Guatemala, Germany, Belgium and Japan, where she met Ted, her second husband.
She joined the FBI in 1998 as an intelligence operations specialist in the National Infrastructure Protection Center at bureau headquarters.
She was "a dedicated employee, and she will be missed," said FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III in a statement after Mrs. Franklin was killed.
"She was a very tough lady, but she had a great sense of humor and a smile that could light up a room," Steve York, a friend and co-worker, told the Associated Press.
As the organ played and the casket was carried out, distraught family members could be seen crying and trembling as they followed behind. Many in attendance also were visibly upset.
"Many of you may be asking, 'Where is God in all this tragedy? Where was God last Monday at 9:15 p.m.?'" Mr. Tingle had asked earlier.
"God is right here with us, crying, grieving," he said.
"But this sniper's madness does not have the last word. We have the choice not to choose despair over hope."
Mrs. Franklin is survived by her husband; two grown children, Thomas Belvin and Katrina Hannum; her parents Charles and Maryann Moore; her sister, Susan Kundrat; and brother, Steven Moore.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Linda G. Franklin Memorial Fund at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207.
Gifts will be distributed to organizations that assist those battling breast cancer and victims of violent crime.


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