New Mexico

The Latest: Family prepares for slain Navajo girl's funeral

The Latest on the abduction and killing of an 11-year-old Navajo girl in northwest New Mexico (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

The funeral for an 11-year-old Navajo girl who was kidnapped and killed on the edge of nation's largest American Indian reservation is set for Friday.

Federal authorities say Ashlynne Mike was abducted along a dirt road near her home Monday after a bus dropped her off from school. Searchers found her body Tuesday morning, about 30 miles away and south of a monolithic rock that gives the community of Shiprock, New Mexico, its name.

Tom Begaye, a 27-year-old from the area, has been charged in her death and is scheduled for a hearing Friday in federal court in Albuquerque.

Shawn Mike, a family spokesman and Ashlynne's cousin, says her funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Civic Center in Farmington, a town at the edge of the Navajo Nation.