A priest overseeing the memorial service of Christina Anderson and her 8-year-old son Ethan Andersan at the Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church in Santee, California today called their deaths, “an abomination”, Associated Press reported.
The memorial service Saturday was open to the public.
“For the death of Tina and Ethan, there are no easy words,” Rev. Kevin Casey added, “We are touched by this evil and we can never be the same again.”
Both Christina and Ethan were tortured and murdered in James Lee DiMaggio’s home earlier this month, then DiMaggio kidnapped Christina’s 16-year-old daughter, Hannah Anderson, before leading authorities on a manhunt that spanned from California, through Oregon and Washington, and ended in a remote part of northern Idaho.
DiMaggio was shot and killed by a tactical FBI agent and Hannah was rescued and reunited with her father.
Authorities are not discussing a motive in their deaths and haven’t touched on details in the case outside of what was on the affidavits, where we learned that the mother and son were tortured and murdered, and then the home was set ablaze by remote timers, putting him 20 hours ahead of authorities. In a search of DiMaggio’s home, authorities seized computers, letters from Hannah Anderson, handcuff boxes, empty boxes for camping gear, maps, and 2 used condoms.
DiMaggio’s family believes that Hannah and Ethan are the children of James DiMaggio and have requested DNA samples from the Anderson family even though Ethan was identified using his father’s DNA sample.
DiMaggio named Hanna and Ethan’s grandmother Bernice Anderson as the beneficiary of his life insurance policy worth $112, 000.
Hannah Anderson went online to a social media site to answer questions about her ordeal saying she was afraid for her life. When news broke of her interactions, the account was deleted.
She later went on the Today show explaining the reason for the phone calls and letters between her and DiMaggio, that she feared for her life and the lives of the horse riders, and that her mother raised her to be strong.
America’s heart broke as the case unfolded, and since then, more questions than answers have been raised.