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Somer Thompson Funeral: Little Girl Laid to Rest as Sky Fills with Purple

(AP Photo/Phil Coale)
Photo: Somer Thompson's mom, Diena Thompson, left, is escorted by boyfriend, Perry Currier, into funeral service for murdered daughter.

ORANGE PARK, Fla. (CBS/AP) Somer Thompson, a north Florida girl who was found dead after being missing for two days, was laid to rest in a private burial, after funeral services today.

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The funeral for the 7-year-old girl took place Tuesday morning at the First Baptist Church of Orange Park, near Jacksonville. After the services, mourners released thousands of purple balloons into the air.

(AP Photo/Phil Coale)
Photo: Hearse carrying Somer Thompson, 7, passes as balloons are released by mourners Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, in Orange Park, Fla.

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Somer was buried at Jacksonville Memory Gardens following a private graveside service for family and friends.

Meanwhile, police have received about 1,500 leads, but have not named a suspect or person of interest.

Somer disappeared last Monday Oct. 19 as she was walking home from school. Her body was discovered two days later in a landfill in southern Georgia. Police say she was slain, but have refused to release a cause of death.

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  • Sammy Saltzman

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