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New York funeral held for reporter killed in Syria

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Posted: Mar 12, 2012 8:41 AM
Source: Associated Press

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OYSTER BAY, N.Y.- War correspondent Marie Colvin is being laid to rest in the Long Island community of her childhood where she first decided to become a reporter.

A church in Oyster Bay is holding a funeral Monday for the Sunday Times of London journalist killed while covering the slaughter of Syrian civilians.

The 56-year-old Queens native spoke her last words in a television broadcast, near a dead baby boy. She said seeing the horror might make people ask why.

At her wake Sunday, mourners passed by a portrait of Colvin by a Sri Lankan artist. She lost her left eye in 2001 in that country's civil war and wore her signature eye patch since then.

The British government has ordered an investigation into Colvin's death to build a war-crimes case against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

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