Mar 12 - Family, friends and members of the community gather in Oyster Bay, Long Island to pay their respects to war reporter Marie Colvin a day ahead of her funeral. Jessica Gray reports.
Friends and family said goodbye to war correspondent Marie Colvin in Oyster Bay, Long Island, the small town she grew up in. Colvin was killed while reporting on Syria's bloody, year-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. She will be remembered for her fearlessness and dedication to her job. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DELORES MORELLI, A FRIEND OF MARIE COLVIN'S FAMILY SAYING: "Her legacy has to be brave, excitable, wanting to know everything about everywhere, and she made it her life, and she did what she wanted to do. But ended too early, just too early. She'll be missed by many, many people." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLAIRE ENDERS, A FRIEND OF MARIE COLVIN WHO CAME FROM LONDON TO ATTEND HER FUNERAL, SAYING: "She was very determined to go even though, obviously, it was very difficult time of the year, very cold, very difficult to get to, very scary. She was absolutely herself, seeing e-mails from her the day before she died, she was totally her wonderful self." Her body was recovered last week by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Some American Syrians also attended the wake to pay their respects to the Yale graduate who made it her aim to try and cover every war zone during the last quarter century from Chechnya to the Middle East. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BESSAM FARAJ, A SYRIAN AMERICAN, SAYING: "I couldn't imagine, a woman, she smuggle herself and she knows she's in danger, smuggle herself for other people, just to show her solidarity for other human people." The black eye patch Colvin wore after loosing the use of her left eye in a Sri Lanka grenade attack made her instantly recognisable and became a symbol for her courage. And her reputation as an intrepid and fearless war correspondent brought a chorus of tributes from world leadres as well as her fellow journalists. Jessica Gray, Reuters