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1,000 mourn executed inmate Troy Davis in Savannah

By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - More than 1,000 family members and supporters gathered in Georgia to say farewell to Troy Davis, who insisted even until his execution that he was innocent.

The Saturday funeral at Jonesville Baptist Church in Savannah opened with a slideshow of photos of Davis in his blue-trimmed prison uniform with his mother, sister and other family members.

The service lasted 3.5 hours and took on a political tone as speakers called for the death penalty to be abolished.

Speakers included Benjamin Jealous, head of the NAACP, and Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International.

The 42-year-old Davis was executed Sept. 21 for the 1989 slaying of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.

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