A public memorial service for Christina and Ethan Anderson, who were allegedly killed by a family friend who's also accused of kidnapping 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday.
The memorial for Christina Anderson, 44, and her 8-year- old son Ethan is to be held at the Guardian Angels Catholic Church at 9310 Dalehurst Road in Santee. A reception in the parish center will follow, a spokeswoman for the church said.
The Anderson family has requested that Trauma Intervention Programs volunteers staff the funeral in order to provide emotional support for members of the family and others in attendance, officials with the non-profit TIP said.
The bodies of Christina and Ethan Anderson were found inside the burned- out home in Boulevard belonging to suspect James Lee DiMaggio on Aug. 4. Authorities believed DiMaggio abducted Hannah the day before.
Authorities eventually found Hannah and DiMaggio -- whom she and Ethan had known their entire lives -- in a remote areas in Idaho after a group of horseback riders reported spotting and speaking with them in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area.
DiMaggio was killed in a shootout with a federal hostage-rescue team in the forest preserve about 80 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho on the afternoon of Aug. 10.
Hannah was unharmed, and was told of the deaths of her mother and brother after being rescued, authorities said.
Hannah said in an interview with NBC that she considers herself a survivor, not a victim.
"In the beginning I was a victim, but now knowing everyone is out there helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead," said Hannah Anderson in an interview that aired during Thursday morning's "Today" show.
Hannah also said she was drawing on her mother's memory to get through the pain of losing her loved ones.
"She was strong-hearted and very tough," Hannah said of her mother. "She knew how to handle things."
She described her brother Ethan as having a big heart.
-City News Service