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1,000 Mourn Missing Sightseers

April 12, 1999

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) _ An overflow crowd of more than 1,000 people attended a memorial service Sunday for Carole Sund and her 15-year-old daughter Julie, whose deaths on a trip to Yosemite National Park remain unsolved.

Mourners at Sacred Heart Church remembered the mother and daughter in pictures, poems, prayers and songs.

On the altar, Julie’s violin lay propped on her purple and silver cheerleading pom-poms. On a table beside it were tulips and irises from her mother’s garden.

``This is where we move on,″ Jens Sund, her husband, said before the service.

The mother and daughter and 16-year-old Argentine exchange student Silvina Pelosso were last seen alive Feb. 15, starting a massive search. Last month, Mrs. Sund’s and Silvina’s bodies were found in the trunk of their burned rental car. Julie’s body was found a week later.

The Rev. Thomas Keys urged mourners to remember positive things about Julie and Mrs. Sund as they struggled to understand their violent deaths.

``Anger, hate and fear are powerful emotions. But so are hope, love and faith,″ Keys said. ``We have to remember that out of darkness comes light.″

Mrs. Sund, 42, was remembered as a devoted mother, competent businesswoman and tireless volunteer for neglected children. Julie was remembered as an accomplished musician and a fiercely loyal friend.

One of the last people to speak was 13-year-old Gina Sund, who wrote a poem about her mother and sister and asked people not to despair when they see her around town.

``Just think of my mother laughing in a chair, and her smile and happiness,″ she said as the crowd wept.

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