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PHOTOS: Service held for Hannah Anderson's mom, brother

Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
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Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
Hannah Anderson is consoled by a family member during a memorial service at the Guardian Angels Catholic Church for her mother Christina Marie Anderson and brother Ethan Anderson August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
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Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
People attend a memorial service at the Guardian Angels Catholic Church for Christina Marie Anderson and Ethan Anderson August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
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Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
Hannah Anderson is escorted in to a memorial service at the Guardian Angels Catholic Church for her mother Christina Marie Anderson and brother Ethan Anderson August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
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Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
People attend a memorial service at the Guardian Angels Catholic Church for Christina Marie Anderson and Ethan Anderson August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
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Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
Hannah Anderson greets loved ones during a memorial service at the Guardian Angels Catholic Church for her mother Christina Marie Anderson and brother Ethan Anderson August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
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Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
The memorial service for Christina Anderson and Ethan Anderson begins at Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
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Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
Hannah Anderson hugs a loved one during a memorial service at the Guardian Angels Catholic Church for her mother Christina Marie Anderson and brother Ethan Anderson August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
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Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
People attend a memorial service at the Guardian Angels Catholic Church for Christina Marie Anderson and Ethan Anderson August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
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Hannah Anderson positions a photo of her mother, Christina Anderson, and brother, Ethan Anderson on an easel at the memorial service in Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
Family member Dave Braun (left) hugs Hannah Anderson (right) at the memorial service for Christina Anderson and Ethan Anderson at Guardian Angels Catholic Church August 24, 2013 in Santee, California.
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Calling their deaths "an abomination," a priest memorialized a Southern California mother and young son killed by a family friend who also abducted the woman's 16-year-old daughter.

Saturday's service for Christina Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson at the Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church in Santee was open to the public.

"For the death of Tina and Ethan there are no easy words," the Rev. Kevin Casey told the memorial gathering, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We are touched by this evil and we can never be the same again."

The pair was found at the home of James Lee DiMaggio, who set it ablaze earlier this month and then took off with Hannah Anderson.

DiMaggio was killed by FBI agents Aug. 10 in the Idaho wilderness, ending a 6-day search that spanned much of the western United States and parts of Canada and Mexico.

Authorities have declined to discuss a possible motive in the deaths and haven't addressed other details of the case, including how Hannah was treated by DiMaggio during the ordeal.

"We struggle with deaths like this because they are not right. They are an abomination," Casey said.

Investigators have said DiMaggio set fire to his home using a timer, giving him a 20-hour jump on law enforcement.

DiMaggio's family has requested paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the children.

Hannah's father, Brett Anderson, gave his DNA to investigators to confirm Ethan's identity. DiMaggio named Hannah's grandmother, Bernice Anderson, as the sole beneficiary of his employer-issued life insurance policy, making her eligible to receive $112,000.