Correction: Marshal Shooting-Funeral story

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Posted: Mar 19, 2015 3:42 PM

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — In a March 17 story on the funeral for a deputy U.S. marshal in Mississippi, The Associated Press erroneously reported who delivered the eulogy. While U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder did speak at the funeral, his remarks were not part of the eulogy.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Attorney General Holder honors slain deputy US marshal

Attorney General Holder praises career of deputy US marshal fatally shot on duty in Louisiana

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — The deputy U.S. marshal who died in a shootout was a leader who carried on his family's legacy in law enforcement, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday at his funeral.

Holder spoke at the funeral of Josie Wells at Wade Baptist Church. Wells, 27, was killed in a shootout last week near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, while he and other law enforcement officers tried to arrest a man suspected of killing two siblings outside a nightclub.

Holder read a message from President Barack Obama and told those attending the service about Wells' background with a law-enforcement family.

"As a member of the U.S. Marshals Service, he was a young leader of extraordinary vigor and promise. He proudly wore the badge. He knew the risks involved in his work and the importance of his effort to keeping the peace," Holder said.

Holder was joined at the service by Loretta Lynch, the president's attorney general nominee, and Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton. The Rev. Darryl Magee delivered the eulogy.

Wells graduated from Jackson State University with a criminal-justice degree in 2011 and joined the Marshals Service that year.

Wells' wife, Channing, is pregnant with the couple's first child, a boy, who will be named Josie Wells Jr.