Nick Berg Laid To Rest
Berg's Body Was Returned To The U.S. Earlier This Week
May 14, 2004 11:53 am US/Central
WEST CHESTER, PA (AP) The American businessman beheaded on videotape by Iraqi militants was buried Friday morning, a family spokesman said.
Nicholas Berg was being remembered at a memorial service for friends and family Friday afternoon. He was buried Friday morning, said Bruce Hauser, the Bergs' neighbor.
"They're in a state of shock," Hauser said of the family. "You walk in and look at (mother Suzanne Berg) and she doesn't even look like herself."
Friends said Nick Berg, who owned a small communications firm, would be remembered as an outgoiose travels to help others took him from abject poverty in Africa to perilous hot spots in Iraq.
The Berg family has appealed to curiosity seekers and media to stay away from the memorial. Police said they would turn away and, if necessary, arrest outsiders trying to attend.
Security was expected to be tight at the synagogue. The sheriff's department said they would use hand-held metal detectors to screen visitors.
Chester County Commissioner Andrew Dinniman said Berg was buried at a family plot at the Montefiore Cemetery in Jenkintown, just north of Philadelphia.
Hauser said that Berg's mother, father, sister and brother were likely to speak at the memorial service.
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