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Branch Davidian Survivors to Mark 20th Anniversary

Friday, Apr 19, 2013  |  Updated 1:00 PM CDT
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Davidian Survivors Mark 20th Anniversary

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Fire burns at Mount Carmel compound of Branch Davidians cult outside Waco, Texas, April 19, 1993.

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Dozens have gathered to remember the siege on the Branch Davidians' Texas compound on the 20th anniversary of the 51-day standoff's fiery end.

Survivors and others who see the events as an unwarranted government intrusion into personal and religious freedoms are attending a Friday memorial service at a Waco museum. One survivor read the names of the nearly 80 sect members who died on April 19, 1993.

Federal agents raided the compound Feb. 28, 1993, trying to arrest sect leader David Koresh for stockpiling illegal weapons. But the group had been tipped off about the raid and a shootout ensued. Four agents and six Davidians were killed.

Several women and children left the compound during the standoff, which ended after tear gas was fired inside and it burned.

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