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Hundreds mourn slain Florida girl

George and Cindy Anthony walked back to their seats after placing a teddy bear yesterday at the memorial in Orlando, Fla. George and Cindy Anthony walked back to their seats after placing a teddy bear yesterday at the memorial in Orlando, Fla. (Red Huber/Pool)
Associated Press / February 11, 2009
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ORLANDO, Fla. - Hundreds of mourners remembered slain Florida toddler Caylee Anthony in a music-filled service yesterday, months after her mysterious disappearance inspired dozens of volunteers to search for her body before and after her mother was charged with killing her.

"There are days you don't know what to say and these are one of these days," said Pastor David Uth, who offered a "prayer of peace" for Casey Anthony, who was in the Orange County Jail less than a mile away, facing a first-degree murder charge. She has pleaded not guilty and claims a baby sitter kidnapped Caylee.

Images of the girl, who was 2 when she disappeared, flashed on a giant screen in front of the First Baptist Church of Orlando sanctuary as a pianist played, "You Are My Sunshine" and "If You're Happy and You Know It." A video montage of her jumping on a bed and dressed like an Easter bunny ended the service.

Casey Anthony could have asked for permission to watch the memorial broadcast live on TV but didn't, jail officials said. She said in a statement read by her lawyer she missed Caylee "every day and every minute of every day." Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy, urged mourners to support Casey.

"It breaks my heart today that Casey isn't here today to honor her child who she loved so much," Cindy Anthony said. "Casey, I hope you're listening to this. I wish I could comfort you. I wish I could take away your pain and wipe away your tears."

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