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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) — The Latest on the funeral for 10 members of an Arizona family killed in a flash flood. (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

As "Ave Maria" played, more than 1,000 people said goodbye to 10 members of an extended family who died in a flash flood in Arizona.

The 10 white caskets were arranged in two rows facing the altar for a funeral Mass celebrated in English and Spanish on Tuesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Scottsdale.

The Rev. Eric Tellez remembered the three generations of a Mexican immigrant family as hardworking people, many of whom worked in the restaurant industry. The pastor likened feeding people to a ministry.

He gave a message of Christian hope of resurrection and eternal life.

The family died when a torrent of water rushed through the swimming hole where they were celebrating a birthday on July 15, taking a grandmother, aunts and uncles, children and grandchildren.

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11:30 a.m.

Hundreds of people have packed into a Catholic church in Arizona to mourn 10 members of a family killed in a flash flood.

Ten white caskets belonging to three generations of the same family were arranged in two rows facing the altar for the Tuesday morning funeral Mass.

They died together in mere seconds when a torrent of water rushed through the swimming hole where they were celebrating a birthday on July 15, taking a grandmother, aunts and uncles, children and grandchildren.

The flood was caused by a thunderstorm upstream in Tonto National Forest.

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This item has been clarified to show that the caskets were arranged in two rows facing the altar, not in a horseshoe.

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