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Sniper victim remembered as 'extraordinary'


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ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) -- The ninth person killed in the Washington-area sniper attacks was remembered at her funeral Monday by friends, family, and civic leaders.

Linda Franklin, 47, of Arlington was shot October 14 as she loaded packages into her car outside a Home Depot store at Seven Corners Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 50 in Falls Church. The car was parked on the ground level of a parking garage near the store.

"Linda Franklin will be missed," family spokesman David Wray said before the funeral service began at Mount Olivet Methodist Church. "She was an extraordinary example of living with joy and gratitude no matter what came her way."

Franklin, who had survived breast cancer, was married and the mother of a grown son and daughter.

Her church set up a memorial fund that will contribute money to the fight against cancer and provide assistance to victims of violent crimes.

An FBI intelligence operations specialist, Franklin was not involved in the sniper probe, and officials said they didn't believe she was targeted because of her job.

Franklin worked in the National Infrastructure Protection Center's cyber division at FBI headquarters. The center assesses threats against major structures and cyber networks.

Among those who attended the funeral were Montgomery County, Maryland, Executive Doug Duncan and Kate Hanley, chairman of the Fairfax County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors.

"The family is of course heartbroken by their loss ... but they are amazed and grateful at the support they have received," Wray said.

"The family wishes to extend their sympathies to the families of the other victims in this string of senseless shootings. Their prayers go out to the other victims," he added.

The sniper has killed nine people and wounded three in Maryland, Virginia and Washington since October 2.

Meanwhile, Mathew Dowdy, the man charged with lying to investigators about having witnessed Franklin's shooting, was denied bond at an arraignment Monday in Fairfax County. A hearing in the case was set for next month. (Full story)

CNN Producer Brad Wright contributed to this report.


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