Memorial held for French Alps crash victims in Barcelona

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Posted: Apr 27, 2015 12:21 PM
Memorial held for French Alps crash victims in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A memorial service for the victims who died last month in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps is being held at Barcelona's landmark Sagrada Familia basilica, with Spanish King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy attending.

Many of the 144 passengers on the Barcelona-Duesseldorf flight were German or Spanish.

There were six crew members, including co-pilot Andreas Lubitz who locked the captain out of the cockpit and put the March 24 flight on a descent path that sent it smashing into a mountain.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders were present for the service Monday along with hundreds of victims' relatives inside the enormous church designed by Antoni Gaudi.

About 1,000 people gathered outside the World Heritage site for the memorial service.