New Mexico

Community questions delay in Amber Alert for Navajo girl

  • Gary Mike, center, has his arm around his 9-year-old son Ian as they listen to fellow family members speak about his 11-year-old daughter Ashlynne Mike during her public memorial service in Farmington, N.M., on Friday, May 6, 2016. The girl was killed after being abducted from the Navajo Nation as she and her brother played after school. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

    Gary Mike, center, has his arm around his 9-year-old son Ian as they listen to fellow family members speak about his 11-year-old daughter Ashlynne Mike during her public memorial service in Farmington, N.M., on Friday, May 6, 2016. The girl was killed after being abducted from the Navajo Nation as she and her brother played after school. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pamela Foster, the mother of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, watches as pallbearers escort her daughters casket following a public memorial service in Farmington, N.M., on Friday, May 6, 2016. Thousands of people from across the Navajo Nation and beyond shared their grief Friday at the funeral of an 11-year-old girl who was lured to her death by a beckoning stranger. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

    Pamela Foster, the mother of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, watches as pallbearers escort her daughters casket following a public memorial service in Farmington, N.M., on Friday, May 6, 2016. Thousands of people from across the Navajo Nation and beyond shared their grief Friday at the funeral of an 11-year-old girl who was lured to her death by a beckoning stranger. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)  (The Associated Press)

  • The casket of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike sits in the center of the stage, surrounded by bouquets of flowers, at Farmington Civic Center in Farminton, N.M. during her memorial service Friday, May 6, 2016. Thousands of people from across the Navajo Nation and beyond shared their grief Friday at the funeral of an 11-year-old girl who was lured to her death by a beckoning stranger.  (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

    The casket of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike sits in the center of the stage, surrounded by bouquets of flowers, at Farmington Civic Center in Farminton, N.M. during her memorial service Friday, May 6, 2016. Thousands of people from across the Navajo Nation and beyond shared their grief Friday at the funeral of an 11-year-old girl who was lured to her death by a beckoning stranger. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of mourners will gather Friday to remember an 11-year-old girl who was killed after being abducted along her school bus route on the Navajo Nation.

The funeral for Ashlynne Mike, a fifth-grader who lived with her father and siblings near the eastern edge of the nation's largest American Indian reservation, is set for Friday at 10 a.m. in Farmington, New Mexico. At community gatherings in recent days, her family has remembered her as a quiet girl who loved music and played the xylophone.

Her death has led her tribal community to demand improvements in how law enforcement responds to child abductions on the vast reservation.

More than 200 miles away, suspect Tom Begaye will appear before a federal judge on murder and kidnapping charges during a preliminary hearing in Albuquerque.