- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a public memorial for a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who was raped and brutally murdered (all times local):

5 p.m.

Dozens of mourners converged on an Albuquerque church to remember a 10-year-old girl who was raped and brutally murdered in her home.

Many family, friends and strangers wore Victoria Martens‘ favorite color of purple to honor her memory Saturday.

Motorcycle officers escorted a white hearse to Copper Pointe Church shortly before the 11 a.m. ceremony.

The hearse was more symbolic since it will be months before the girl’s remains will be returned to the family.

Police found Victoria’s dismembered body Aug. 24 inside the apartment she shared with her mother.

The grisly nature of her death sent shockwaves through the community.

Her mother, Michelle Martens, the mother’s boyfriend and his cousin have all been charged in her death.

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11 p.m.

Family and friends plan to gather Saturday to remember a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who authorities say was assaulted, killed and dismembered at her mother’s apartment in August.

Copper Pointe Church in Albuquerque will host the memorial for Victoria Martens, and it will be open to the public.

The girl’s godmother Laura Bobbs says the event will not be a funeral. The Office of Medical Investigator says it will take months before her remains will be given to the family.

Police found Victoria Martens‘ dismembered body inside the apartment she shared with her mother last month after responding to a call about a disturbance.

Victoria’s mother, Michelle Martens, the mother’s boyfriend and the boyfriend’s cousin all are charged in the girl’s death.

People are asked to wear purple, Victoria’s favorite color.

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