New Mexico

The Latest: Hundreds line up outside site of girl's funeral

  • 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. before her memorial service Friday, May 6, 2016. Hundreds of mourners turned out for the service.  The FBI said Ashlynne Mike, was abducted after school on Monday and her body was found the next day.  Tom Begaye was arrested in connection with Mike's disappearance and death. (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. before her memorial service Friday, May 6, 2016. Hundreds of mourners turned out for the service. The FBI said Ashlynne Mike, was abducted after school on Monday and her body was found the next day. Tom Begaye was arrested in connection with Mike's disappearance and death. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Posters with Ashlynne Mike's photo lined the entrance to the Farmington Civic Center as the overflow crowd watched monitors streaming her memorial service, Friday, May 6, 2016, in Farminton, N.M.  Hundreds of mourners turned out for the service.  The FBI said Ashlynne Mike, was abducted after school on Monday, May 2, and her body was found the next day.  Tom Begaye was arrested in connection with her  disappearance and death. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

    Posters with Ashlynne Mike's photo lined the entrance to the Farmington Civic Center as the overflow crowd watched monitors streaming her memorial service, Friday, May 6, 2016, in Farminton, N.M. Hundreds of mourners turned out for the service. The FBI said Ashlynne Mike, was abducted after school on Monday, May 2, and her body was found the next day. Tom Begaye was arrested in connection with her disappearance and death. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Family and friends gather along Navajo Route 13, just a few miles from where Ashlynne Mike's body was discovered, in south of Shiprock, N.M., on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Police gleaned some information about the suspect from the younger brother of Ashlynne, whose body was found Tuesday near a distinct rock formation that the rural town of Shiprock, N.M., is named for. Authorities are poring over parts of the Navajo Nation in search of the man who snatched the children and killed Ashlynne. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Family and friends gather along Navajo Route 13, just a few miles from where Ashlynne Mike's body was discovered, in south of Shiprock, N.M., on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Police gleaned some information about the suspect from the younger brother of Ashlynne, whose body was found Tuesday near a distinct rock formation that the rural town of Shiprock, N.M., is named for. Authorities are poring over parts of the Navajo Nation in search of the man who snatched the children and killed Ashlynne. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

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

10 a.m.

Hundreds of people lined up ahead of a planned funeral for an 11-year-old girl who was abducted and killed on the Navajo Nation this week.

More than 1,600 people were expected to pack the civic center in Farmington, New Mexico, on Friday morning to pay homage to Ashlynne Mike, who was abducted after school Monday. Her body was found a day later south of Shiprock. Those waiting outside included families with children, many wearing t-shirts that were yellow, the fifth-grader's favorite color.

Many of those waiting exchanged greetings, hugs and waves.

More than 200 miles away, suspect Tom Begaye Jr. appeared before a federal judge on murder and kidnapping charges in Albuquerque. He waived his right to a preliminary and detention hearing. A judge ordered that he remain in custody.

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2:25 a.m.

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.