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Funeral Held for Three Children Slain by Father

February 25, 1995

SEAFORD, Del. (AP) _ Numb with grief, Nancy Mont reached out a hand to say farewell to her children Friday. One by one, she touched the three white caskets before she was led away, doubled over in pain.

Catrina, 9, Daniel, 6, and Teresa, 4, were buried nearly a week after each was shot in the head and left in a burning van in North Carolina. Police said their father, Douglas J. Mont, shot them before later killing himself.

``At moments like these we are absolutely helpless,″ the Rev. Donald Meyer said as friends and family gathered around the burial site.

Nearby stood two flower arrangements in the shape of angels.

Children wiped their eyes while parents hugged them tight. Staff from the Girl Scout district headquarters 80 miles away in Newark mourned the loss of Catrina, a member of Junior Troop 215.

``Nancy, God has not abandoned you,″ Meyer said. ``He will take you through this heartache.″

Mont had picked up the children from their mother’s home east of Seaford at 9 a.m. last Saturday. Ms. Mont called police after her estranged husband did not bring them back.

The bodies were found Sunday in a burning van in an airport parking lot in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. When Mont was confronted by police in woods near the van, he shot himself in the head.

The Monts separated in August. Friends said Mont became despondent when he learned Ms. Mont planned to move to Texas at the end of the school year with the children.

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