Amish Families Prepare to Bury Children

Families of the five students killed in an Amish schoolhouse shooting in Pennsylvania are expected to conduct funerals Thursday and Friday. The Amish do not worship inside formal church buildings. The funeral services are likely to take place in individual homes, or in a larger building, like a barn.

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Now, families of students at an Amish school are preparing to bury their dead.

Five girls died and five more were wounded by a gunman who took over the school in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Several funerals come Thursday and Friday.

And we'll pause this morning to listen to the victims' names, as read aloud by a Colonel Miller at a police briefing.

Colonel MILLER (Pennsylvania Police): Naomi Rose Ebersole, age seven. Anna Mae Stoltzfus, age 12. Marian Fisher, age 13. Mary Liz Miller, age eight. Fifth victim: Lena Miller, age seven.

INSKEEP: Those are the victims who will be buried in the coming days.

The Amish do not worship inside formal church buildings. Rather, the funeral services are likely to take place in individual homes or in a larger building like a barn. The services will be conducted entirely in German, and according to Amish custom, funerals focus on praising God, rather than the deceased.

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