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Funeral plans set for victims of Christmas Eve shooting

January 15, 2009 | 10:36 am

Maria Garcia pays her respects at a memorial set up near the ruins of the Ortega family home in Covina, Calif. On Christmas Eve, Bruce Pardo, dressed as Santa, shot indiscriminately at partygoers and destroyed his former in-laws' house with a homemade blowtorch, ultimately leaving nine people dead before killing himself. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Funeral arrangements for the nine family members killed in a spray of gunfire on Christmas Eve were announced today by the Covina Police Department, but the services will be closed to the public.

A prayer vigil and funeral services will be held today and Friday for the victims: Sylvia Pardo, 46, of Covina; her parents, Alicia Ortega, 70, and Joseph Ortega, 80; her two brothers, Charles Ortega, 50, of West Covina, and James Ortega, 52, of Upland, and their wives, Cheri, 45, and Teresa, 51; Pardo's sister Alicia Ortiz, 46, of Upland; and Ortiz's son, Michael Ortiz, 17.

They were killed when Pardo's ex-husband, Bruce Pardo, dressed as Santa Claus and burst into her parents' home during a holiday party and opened fire. Pardo then sprayed fuel into the house, setting it on fire. Pardo, who was badly burned in the attack, later killed himself at his brother's home in Sylmar.

--Ruben Vives

Photo: Maria Garcia pays her respects at a memorial set up near the ruins of the Ortega family home in Covina, Calif. On Christmas Eve, Bruce Pardo, dressed as Santa, shot indiscriminately at partygoers and destroyed his former in-laws' house with a homemade blowtorch, ultimately leaving nine people dead before killing himself. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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