Dignitaries, politicians turn out for judge's funeral

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by AP

azfamily.com

Posted on January 14, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 14 at 5:23 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- One day after mourning the death of a child, Tucson remembered the life of a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge John Roll was one of six people killed last weekend in a shooting rampage that also wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Roll had just attended Mass when he stopped by a Safeway to see the Democrat.

On Friday, dozens of other judges and dignitaries paid their last respects to Roll, who was remembered not just for his work from the bench, but for who he was in private.

A woman who attended the funeral said Roll's older brother, Ed, recalled how after their mother died when Roll was 15, he changed his middle name to her maiden name, McCarthy, "to keep that part of the family alive."

Former Vice President Dan Quayle brought a handwritten message from former President George H.W. Bush, who appointed U.S. Roll to the bench in 1991.

Gov. Jan Brewer and Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl were among the mourners.

Security for the funeral was tight. Three hours before the service, U.S. marshals and local law officers were at the church, where Thursday evening 2,000 people gathered for the funeral of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green. She was the youngest of those killed Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a supermarket meet-and-greet for Giffords.

Across the street from the church, graffiti on a retaining wall reads "Stop the Hate."

A huge sign draped over a house reads "Your community is standing with you." Next door, an American flag hangs on a garage door.

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