PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Hundreds of people gathered at the Arizona State Capitol building as Ed Pastor lay in the state.

People strolled in by the numbers, finding solidarity in somberness for a legend in Arizona politics.

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"(Ed Pastor) was a really down to earth person, and it was like talking to anyone out in the street," said David Yrigoyen, an associate of the late congressman.

As Pastor lay in state, a line of appreciation got longer and longer.

First in the line out of hundreds was Steve Mora, arriving two full hours before the doors even opened.

"He was in congress when they got things done. That's his legacy," Mora said of Pastor.

Inside the memorial, there were tears, but also plenty of tributes for a modern-day civil rights icon.

Not lost on anyone was the fact that Pastor was the first-ever Hispanic member of Congress from Arizona.

"It is a defining legacy," said Laura Pastor, Ed Pastor's daughter. "What happened is that it opened the door for others to run for office."

There will be another public viewing for Ed Pastor Thursday, Dec. 6 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

 


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