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Memorial service for French Alps crash victims held at landmark Barcelona church

  • Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrive at the Sagrada Familia church to attend the memorial service for the victims of the Germanwings crash in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 27, 2015. 150 people were killed in the plane crash in the French Alps in March. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrive at the Sagrada Familia church to attend the memorial service for the victims of the Germanwings crash in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 27, 2015. 150 people were killed in the plane crash in the French Alps in March. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrive at the Sagrada Familia church to attend the memorial service for the victims of the Germanwings crash in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 27, 2015. 150 people were killed in the plane crash in the French Alps in March. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia arrive at the Sagrada Familia church to attend the memorial service for the victims of the Germanwings crash in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, April 27, 2015. 150 people were killed in the plane crash in the French Alps in March. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

A memorial service for the victims who died last month in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps is being held at Barcelona's landmark Sagrada Familia basilica, with Spanish King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy attending.

Many of the 144 passengers on the Barcelona-Duesseldorf flight were German or Spanish.

There were six crew members, including co-pilot Andreas Lubitz who locked the captain out of the cockpit and put the March 24 flight on a descent path that sent it smashing into a mountain.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders were present for the service Monday along with hundreds of victims' relatives inside the enormous church designed by Antoni Gaudi.

About 1,000 people gathered outside the World Heritage site for the memorial service.