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Mourners Remembering Slain Washington Corrections Officer

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Law enforcement officers wiped away tears as they watched the flag-draped casket carrying the body of Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl being carried into the Comcast Arena in Everett for her Tuesday memorial service.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail are among thousands attending the ceremony. It includes the presentation of a flag to Biendl's family, the playing of taps, and a final radio call.

Biendl was strangled Jan. 29 in the chapel of the prison at Monroe. Her suspected killer is Byron Scherf, a three-strikes offender serving a life term for rape convictions.

The 34-year-old Biendl grew up and lived in Granite Falls. She went to work at the Monroe Correctional Complex in 2002 and was correctional officer of the year in 2008.

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