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Fla. memorial service held for Caylee

  |   Feb. 10, 2009 at 3:41 PM
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Members of the family of slain Florida 2-year-old Caylee Anthony say they are proud to have been part of the toddler's short life.

Caylee's uncle Lee Anthony and her grandparents George and Cindy Anthony gave emotional farewells to the girl Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Orlando, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"I am proud to be the grandfather of Caylee Marie," George Anthony said, while a weeping Lee Anthony added, "If it's closure you seek, I hope you find it."

Conspicuously absent was Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, who has been jailed and charged with killing her daughter, the newspaper said.

Caylee Anthony's disappearance last year sparked a national furor and drew scorn for her mother, whose partying lifestyle was relentlessly examined during the search, with many pundits suspecting her of killing the toddler. Anthony was indicted and jailed on murder charges in October, two months before Caylee's remains were found near her home.

Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.

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