Family, friends mark anniversary of Travis Alexander's murder

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by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on June 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 10:09 PM

PHOENIX -- Family and friends of Travis Alexander gathered Wednesday to mark the sixth anniversary of his death.

Alexander was 30 years old when his ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias, shot and stabbed him inside his Mesa home on June 4, 2008.

Alexander's siblings gathered at his grave in California, and a small group of Arias trial watchers, who have come to know the Alexander family, gathered at the Maricopa County Superior Courthouse.

"We're just here in support of the Alexander family," trial watcher Pamela Jones told 3TV.

The group lit candles and released balloons in Alexander's memory.

While looking back at a life lost, those gathered are also looking ahead to the next phase of the Arias trial.

A new jury will be tasked with deciding whether Arias should be put to death for the murder. The original jury deadlocked over sentencing in May 2013.

"Whether she gets life or death, it just needs to be over with," Kathy Brown said.

"Jury selection's going to be extremely hard. They're going to have to weed out all the people who want to be on the jury, so it'll be a challenge," said Jennifer Wood, who blogs at TheTrialDiaries.com.

"I think a lot of people might just want the notoriety of being able to get on the Jodi Arias trial, and they're going to have to ween them very carefully," echoed Mikal Ann Dillon.

Sentencing begins in September.

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