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Memorial Service Held for Hannah Anderson’s Mother, Brother

SANTEE, Calif. (KTLA) — Mourners crowded the Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church on Saturday to attend a memorial service for the mother and brother of kidnapped teenager Hannah Anderson.

Christina Anderson, 44, and Ethan Anderson, 8, were allegedly killed by family friend James DiMaggio at his rural San Diego County home on Aug. 4 before he abducted Hannah and headed north.

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Mourners attended a memorial service Saturday for Christina and Ethan Anderson in Santee.

DiMaggio set fire to the house before leaving town, investigators said.

“For the death of Tina and Ethan there are no easy words,” the Rev. Kevin Casey told the memorial gathering. “We struggle with deaths like this because they are not right. They are an abomination.”

Hannah Anderson, 16, attended the memorial service Saturday with her father.

She was the subject of a massive search for six days in four states and Mexico and Canada.

DiMaggio and Hannah were spotted in the rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in southern Idaho by a group of locals on horseback.

Recognizing Hannah’s picture from an Amber Alert, one of the locals reported the teenager’s whereabouts to the FBI.

On Aug. 10, DiMaggio was shot and killed by FBI agents sent to rescue the teenager.

Hannah did not know that DiMaggio had killed her mother and brother, according to San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore .

The teen was being held under “great duress,” Gore said.

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