Emotional Memorial For Caylee Anthony

George Anthony is comforted by his wife Cindy as he wipes away a tear before speaking at the memorial for their granddaughter Caylee Anthony at First Baptist Orlando in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. Caylee went missing in June 2008 and her remains were found in December, less than a mile from her home. Her mother Casey Anthony is in custody on charges of first degree murder of her child. AP Photo/Red Huber

More than 1,000 people turned out Tuesday in Orlando, Fla., for a public memorial service to remember slain toddler Caylee Anthony.

In the Orlando church filled with friends and strangers, Caylee Marie Anthony's family played her favorite songs … and shared their most intimate memories, CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella reports.


The 3-hour service drew supporters from hundreds of miles away. The Vinczan family drove 5 hours with a car full of children to mourn the little girl.

"I was hoping that she would come home alive and it just broke my heart when they said the bones were Caylee's, you know?" Monica Vinczan said.

A meter reader found Caylee Anthony's remains last December in a field close to her grandparents house in central Florida. Her mother Casey is charged with her murder.

The jail where Caylee's mother is being held is less than a mile from here. Casey Anthony did not ask to watch the service according to jail officials. She didn't approve of it.

In her first statement since being charged with her daughter's death, Casey said she preferred a private service. "I can't be there for Caylee's funeral," the statement said, "but some day I want to go and visit her grave and tell her how much I miss her."

"Casey, I hope you're able to hear me today. I love you and wish I could comfort you right now, and wipe away your tears," said Cindy Anthony, Caylee's grandmother.

The Anthony family tried to show a united front at the service, asking for prayers for their daughter Casey as well as their granddaughter Caylee.

The day after the memorial, Brad Conway, George and Cindy Anthony's attorney, talked to Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez about the service.

"Why did George and Cindy want to make this public?" Rodriguez asked.

"So many people have come out and supported them, shown them compassion and reached out to their little girl, Caylee, and they wanted everybody to have a chance to heal with them," Conway said.

"At one point in the memorial, Lee, their son, Caylee's uncle and Casey's brother, seemed to be speaking to his sister in jail, sort of imploring her to be honest. What does this family want from Casey, who is accused of murdering Caylee?" Rodriguez asked.

"They want the best for her. And I'm not sure where that will lead," Conway said. "This case is far from over. There's a lot more work that needs to be done by the state attorney's office as well as Mr. Baez and the defense team. They want her to know that they love her, support her and they will always be there for her."

They did mention that a lot during the memorial," Rodriguez noted. "They asked everyone not to judge their daughter. Should we take that to mean that Casey's parents now believe that she killed Caylee, either by accident or on purpose?"

"No, I don't think you should draw any conclusions from that," Conway cautioned. "We simply don't know and I don't think anybody knows, even the state attorney's office with all of the evidence and investigation that's gone into this case, there are hard conclusions to be drawn from circumstantial evidence, and there's a search for the truth and hopefully we get to that point, but we won't know that until the end."

"Brad, do you think by the time this is over, we will know why Caylee died?" Rodriguez asked.

"I think we will know why," Conway said. "Sometimes in criminal cases, the truth is somewhere in the middle. It's hard to get to that ultimate and absolute truth in any case, but I hope we get close to it."
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