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