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Hundreds Mourn Mass. Student Killed In Haiti

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A Massachusetts college student killed by the earthquake in Haiti was remembered for her generous spirit and commitment to others.

Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral service at St. John's Catholic Church in Worcester on Saturday for 19-year-old Britney Gengel, who died in the Jan. 12 quake.

Among those on hand were Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown and Congressman James McGovern, who had pressed for vigorous search and rescue efforts on behalf of Gengel's parents.

Emmanuelle Dupiton, the Consul of the Consulate of Haiti, also attended.

Gengel of Rutland was in Haiti on a humanitarian mission with fellow students from Lynn University in Florida.

St. John's pastor, the Rev. John Madden, recalled that Gengel organized a toy drive at the church each Christmas.

He said Gengel was "spiritually blessed" and served others with joy and vitality.

Gengel's family has asked that instead of flowers, mourners make contributions to Britney Gengel's Poorest of the Poor Fund. The fund was established to help the poor in Haiti and the U.S.

This program aired on February 21, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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