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Tributes to 'truth seeker' Colvin

Journalist Marie Colvin has been remembered as a fearless seeker of truth by mourners ranging from media mogul Rupert Murdoch to the immigrants who counted on her dispatches from their strife-ridden homelands to make a difference in global policy.

A huge American flag was suspended over Main Street in Oyster Bay, New York, the quiet oceanside town where the 56-year-old New York native grew up and decided to become a reporter.

And when her coffin emerged from at St Dominic's Roman Catholic Church after her funeral Mass, a group of Sri Lankan immigrants held a placard dubbing her the "uncrowned queen of intrepid journalists".

Ms Colvin, who worked for the Sunday Times, owned by Murdoch's News Corp, was killed on February 22 when the building that served as a makeshift media centre in the city of Homs was struck by a Syrian army mortar.

"She was looking for beauty and truth, and she was telling the world about the vicious crimes," said Malek Jandali a Syrian-American musician who came from Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the funeral.

"Her last moments were steps from my family's house in Homs," he said, adding that anti-government sympathisers hoped to have a street or a square there named after Ms Colvin.

Seetharam Sivam, an immigrant from Sri Lanka, said he wanted to pay his respects because Ms Colvin's writing a decade ago had brought attention to violence involving the Tamil ethnic group.

Ms Colvin lost an eye while covering the civil conflict in Sri Lanka in 2001 and wore an eye patch after that.

"She took the risks and went into war zones. She brought the truth of the Tamil plight to the world," said Mr Sivam, an electrical engineer from Holbrook, Long Island, who lost his father in the conflict Ms Colvin covered. "It's one reason the United States and other countries had the information, and could act on it."

Ms Colvin died hours after her last report on the government crackdown in Syria, where thousands of civilians have been killed since a popular uprising began a year ago.


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