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A Superhero Funeral for a Superhero Boy

Townville shooting victim Jacob Hall laid to rest surrounded by all his favorite characters

(Newser) - No sadder news emerged in the aftermath of the Townville school shooting last month than the death of 6-year-old Jacob Hall . But though his family and friends lost the South Carolina first-grader much sooner than they should have, they didn't lose his spirit—which is why a variety of... More »

Dallas Chief's Stevie Wonder Speech Resonates

Chief David Brown delivered soulful tribute at memorial service

(Newser) - President Obama delivered a stirring call for unity at Tuesday's memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers, but the city's top cop's soulful tribute is the one getting the most attention. Dallas Police Chief David Brown recited lyrics from Stevie Wonder's "As," explaining... More »

In Florida for Dad's Memorial, Man Drowns Saving Daughter

William Moritz died saving 6-year-old caught in rip current

(Newser) - As a GoFundMe page set up in his honor notes, William Moritz died doing "what any great father would do": saving his young daughter. The 28-year-old Michigan man was in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., for his own father's memorial service, per Action News Jax , but a morning swim on... More »

New Service Will Send Email From Beyond the Grave

'Yahoo Ending' will delete documents, deactivate accounts, more

(Newser) - With a quarter of Japan's population already 65 and older, a new service from Yahoo Japan called Yahoo Ending aims to help people plan for their own afterlives, including the digital details. For $1.80 a month, subscribers can plan their funerals, manage their posthumous online content, and create... More »

2 Hoffman Memorial Celebrations Planned: Mom

Public events set for New York City, Rochester

(Newser) - Two public celebrations of Philip Seymour Hoffman's life are planned, says his mother—one in New York City and one in Rochester, New York. At a screening of the Hoffman film Capote in Rochester, critic Jack Garner read a statement by Marilyn O'Connor thanking fans and friends for... More »

At Service, Biden Calls Tsarnaevs 'Knock-off Jihadis'

Boston remembers MIT officer Sean Collier

(Newser) - Joe Biden called the Tsarnaev brothers "two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis" during the memorial service today at MIT for slain campus officer Sean Collier, reports CNN . "It infuriates them that we refuse to bend, refuse to change, refuse to yield to fear," the VP said of... More »

Jessica Chastain Skips Father's Memorial Service

But she didn't consider him her true dad

(Newser) - Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain didn't attend her father's memorial service yesterday—but it's not because she's too busy, the Daily News reports. Chastain hasn't communicated with biological father Michael Monasterio in years and considers Michael Hastey, her stepdad, to be her true father. Chastain hasn'... More »

Families Blast Aurora Theater for Invite to Re-Opening

'Ridiculously offensive' email called a stunt

(Newser) - Family members of nine of the victims from July's movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., are furious over what they call "ridiculously offensive" email invitations to a memorial event to re-open the theater, reports AFP . The theater's parent company, Cinemark, says it intends to re-open the Century... More »

RFK Jr: 'I Did Everything I Could to Save Her'

Mary Richardson Kennedy's funeral worsens family divide

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told mourners yesterday that he was blameless in the death of wife Mary Richardson Kennedy, who hanged herself last week after a long battle with depression. “I know I did everything I could to help her,” Kennedy said in his eulogy at a church... More »

Somber Japan Marks Year Since Quake

Country pauses to remember its dead

(Newser) - At 2:46pm local time today, people all across Japan stood in silence to remember the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami exactly one year ago that killed more than 19,000 people, destroyed 370,000 homes, and created the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, reports the AP... More »

Nicholson Mourns 'Soulmate' Hopper

Friends, family, and locals attend memorial Mass

(Newser) - Mourners including Jack Nicholson and Val Kilmer remembered Dennis Hopper yesterday at his memorial Mass. The actor was laid to rest in New Mexico, where he first went in 1969 while scouting locations for Easy Rider and lived for 12 years. Nicholson, who acted alongside Hopper in Easy Rider, called... More »

Obama Eulogizes W.Va. Miners

In praising 29 men who died in explosion, president criticizes safety sustem

(Newser) - President Obama paid tribute this afternoon to the miners who died in the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, implicitly criticizing the mine-safety system as he celebrated the lives of the 29 men who perished, reports the Hill . "How can we fail them?" he asked.... More »

20K Honor Slain Wash. Cops

Service draws fellow officers from across continent

(Newser) - An estimated 20,000 law-enforcement officials from the US and Canada today joined families and friends of the four cops gunned down last week at café in Washington state. Some 2,100 cars made a four-hour procession through Lakewood and Tacoma to a service at the Tacoma Dome. More »

Images From Fort Hood Service

Emotional memorial service recognizes victims

(Newser) - Here are images from today's memorial service at Fort Hood for the 13 people killed in last week's shooting spree. "We knew these men and women as soldiers and caregivers," President Obama told the crowd. "You knew them as mothers and fathers; sons and daughters; sisters and... More »

DJ AM Tribute Vid Hits the Net

(Newser) - While most footage of DJ AM’s memorial is still hush-hush, a tribute video from last week's service has hit the Internet, E! Online reports. The video, compiled by friends, shows the DJ behind his turntables with pals such as Jay-Z, Travis Barker, and Sam Ronson. It also shows him... More »

Lindsay, Nicole Among DJ AM Mourners

Service held at Hollywood Palladium

(Newser) - Celeb pals including Lindsay Lohan (with Sam Ronson), Nicole Richie, and Robert Downey Jr. showed up last night to say goodbye to Adam Goldstein—better known as DJ AM. The private service at the Hollywood Palladium was open to "friends both from his life in recovery as well as... More »

Bipartisan Crew Fetes 'Teddy'

GOP senators McCain, Hatch join Dem stalwarts, Kennedy family at memorial

(Newser) - Politicians from both parties joined family and friends tonight in Boston, the Globe reports, to remember Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died Tuesday at 77. He was “the best ally you could have,” said Republican John McCain; GOP colleague Orrin Hatch said they were “like two fighting brothers.... More »

'Trailblazer' Shriver Laid to Rest

Special Olympian: she was 'Queen of humanity'

(Newser) - At today's funeral Mass for Eunice Kennedy Shriver, daughter Maria called her a “trailblazer” who “was scary smart and not afraid to show it,” the Cape Cod Times reports. Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Joe Biden, and Arnold Schwarzenegger attended the private service for the Special Olympics founder... More »

Andy Rooney at Cronkite Funeral: 'I Can't Get Over It'

Memorial service honors legendary TV news anchor

(Newser) - Family and friends of Walter Cronkite remembered the venerable television news anchor today at a memorial at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan, CBS News reports. Speakers at the service remembered Cronkite’s sense of humor, his love of sailing, and the strong emotions that lay beneath his calm, collected... More »

Mourners Flood McNair's Hometown to Pay Respects

(Newser) - Steve McNair's Mississippi home town boasts only 1,000 residents, but more than 2,500 came to mourn him there yesterday. The murdered NFL star's body was brought home after a memorial service Thursday in Nashville; fans came from all over the country to pay their respects, standing in line... More »

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