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Malta honors dead of Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster as smugglers face questioning

  • A view of the tent where a funeral service for 24 migrants drowned while trying to reach the Southern coasts of Italy took place, in Msida, in the outskirts of Valletta,  Malta, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The migrants died as a smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off the coast of Libya on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    A view of the tent where a funeral service for 24 migrants drowned while trying to reach the Southern coasts of Italy took place, in Msida, in the outskirts of Valletta, Malta, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The migrants died as a smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off the coast of Libya on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)  (The Associated Press)

  • Coffins are shoulder carried during a funeral service for 24 migrants drowned while trying to reach the Southern coasts of Italy, in Msida, in the outskirts of Valletta,  Malta, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The migrants died as a smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off the coast of Libya on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Coffins are shoulder carried during a funeral service for 24 migrants drowned while trying to reach the Southern coasts of Italy, in Msida, in the outskirts of Valletta, Malta, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The migrants died as a smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off the coast of Libya on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)  (The Associated Press)

  • Coffins are shoulder carried during a funeral service for 24 migrants drowned while trying to reach the Southern coasts of Italy, in Msida, in the outskirts of Valletta,  Malta, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The migrants died as a smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off the coast of Libya on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Coffins are shoulder carried during a funeral service for 24 migrants drowned while trying to reach the Southern coasts of Italy, in Msida, in the outskirts of Valletta, Malta, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The migrants died as a smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off the coast of Libya on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)  (The Associated Press)

Twenty-four caskets containing the only bodies recovered from the Mediterranean's worst-ever migrant disaster have been laid out for a memorial service in Malta for the estimated 800 victims.

Malta's president and prime minister, Italy's interior minister and the EU's migration commissioner were on hand for Thursday's service, which includes Christian and Muslim prayers. Flowers lined the route that the caskets took from Malta's morgue to the service on a helipad of the island nation's main hospital.

Only 28 people survived the capsizing of the migrant boat last weekend. The suspected captain and a crew member of the smuggler boat have their first court hearing Friday.