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Channon Christian's family invites public to memorial service

9:55 PM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
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An East Tennessee family has spent the last nearly six years of their lives grieving in the public eye. Now, for the first time ever, they're inviting the community to be a part of that process.

Next week marks the six-year anniversary of the day Channon Christian's family learned their daughter was dead. She was raped and murdered in 2007 alongside her boyfriend, Chris Newsom.

Each year, Christian's family meets at her graveside to remember their daughter and her life.

Now, as they potentially face more re-trials for their daughter's accused killers, the family is inviting the public to be a part of Channon's memorial service.

The memorial is set for Monday at Highland West Memorial Park in West Knoxville. It's slated to begin at 5:30 p.m., and everyone is invited.

Christian and Chris Newsom's family have already faced one re-trial in their children's murders. They could face three more. They should find out about the status of those in the coming weeks.

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