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Mass Murder Victim Funeral

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Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 4:11 PM


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More than 1,000 people attended the San Dimas funeral services for nine members of an extended Covina family murdered during a Christmas Eve rampage. On the night of December 24, Bruce Pardo, wearing a Santa Claus suit, arrived at the home of his divorced wife's parents and began a reign of violence involving gun fire and arson, culminating in Pardo's suicide. Among the dead were his wife, his sister and the sister's son.

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The L.A. Times reported that following the somber trumpet playing of "Amazing Grace," the trumpeter ended the Catholic Mass by breaking into the horse-race rallying call familiar to  Ortega family members, who, it was said, were track fans.

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