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Friends, Family Attend Viewing For Slain Journalist

Friends, family and colleagues have been saying their goodbyes over the weekend to slain war correspondent Marie Colvin, 56, cut down Feb. 22, while covering an attack by the Syrian military on rebel forces in the besiegedcity of Homs.

A wake was held Saturday evening at Oyster Bay Funeral Home on South Street; a second viewing took place Sunday between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28, were killed in a mortar attack on Homs' Baba Amr district by government forces loyal to dictator, President Bashar al-Assad, who have besieged the city in an ongoing civil war that has ravaged the region.

Colvin -- an award winning journalist -- spent her career covering global conflicts. She lost her left eye in a hand grenade attack in Sri Lanka back in 2001, and wore a patch ever since. Just hours before her death, she filed a first-hand account of the fighting in which she recounted seeing a baby killed in an attack. She was scheduled to leave Syria the next day. The U.S. State Department -- with the help of European diplomats -- was instrumental in having her body returned to her family here in the United States.

Colvin is survived by her mother, who lives in East Norwich, two brothers and two sisters. A funeral mass is scheduled for Monday at the Church of Saint Dominic at 93 Anstice St., Oyster Bay.

The family has set up a fund with the Long Island Community Foundation, which is already taking in donations from all over the United States and the United Kingdom. The foundation will funnel donations to charitable and educational organizations whose mission reflects what Colvin cared about, including her "lifelong dedication to humanitarian aid, human rights, journalism and education," fund organizers say.

Donations may be made to:

The Marie Colvin Fund at LICF1864 Muttontown RoadSyosset, N.Y. 11791

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