KATV-TV, Channel 7, reports today that about 800 people, including Gov. Mike Beebe, attended the funeral of slain anchorwoman Anne Pressly.
Mourners began filling the 650 seats in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church more than an hour before the service was set to begin. Another 150 or so watched on television monitors in a vestibule and parlor.
The crowd included nearly the entire KATV staff, plus dozens of reporters and photographers from the ABC affiliate’s competitors. Governor Mike Beebe and several Little Rock police officers also attended.
During the nearly two-hour service, the Right Reverend T.J. Johnson said it’s difficult to imagine Pressly at eternal rest in heaven because she was so full of energy during her life on earth.
KATV adds here that, as of Wednesday, police still had no new information on the investigation. Little Rock Police had to clarify statements reported earlier that they were after a particular suspect. The LRPD also added that their receiving tips from all over the country, and are working through them all to find “accurate” information.
Comments on the Pressly story, which has received national — even international — attention, have filled local news Web sites. KATV has set up a central page to archive all its coverage on the story. You can see that page here.