- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

SAMSON, ALA. (AP) - The first funeral has been held for one of 10 people killed in the mass shootings in south Alabama, as the rural communities mourn following the worst massacre in state history.

Several hundred people gathered to remember Sonya Smith on Saturday at the funeral service at Shady Grove Assembly of God Church in Coffee Springs.

The 42-year-old Smith was killed Tuesday afternoon as she walked out of a gas station in Samson. Michael McLendon killed nine other people, including five relatives, before committing suicide.

The funeral for the slain wife and infant daughter of a local deputy is scheduled for Sunday.


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