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Hannah Anderson Makes First Public Appearance Since Rescue

LAKESIDE, Calif. — Days after being rescued in the Idaho wilderness when an FBI agent shot her abductor dead, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson attended a fundraiser Thursday for her and her family near their Southern California home.

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Hannah Anderson (center) arrives for fundraiser at Boll Weevil restaurant in Lakeside.

The teenager could be seen entering the Boll Weevil restaurant in Lakeside, a community of about 20,000 people located 20 miles northeast of San Diego.

Hannah didn’t speak publicly before entering the building, though her father later did talk to reporters. The media were invited to the fundraiser at the family-friendly restaurant but were not allowed inside.

“This is a small community that we are a part of, and the community came together putting on this great fundraiser for Hannah and hopefully for her future and healing,” Brett Anderson said, before he thanked local residents, family and friends, the media and law enforcement. “This is how Lakeside rolls.”

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