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Funeral Services for McLellands Held Friday

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    Hundreds of family, friends and colleagues gathered in Wortham to say goodbye to Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia. (Published Friday, Apr 5, 2013)

    A slain Texas prosecutor and his wife are to be laid to rest in the small town where he grew up in the central part of the state.

    The funeral for Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia McLelland, is set for 10 a.m. Friday in Wortham. The town of about 1,000 residents is about 75 miles south of Dallas.

    The Honor Network says dozens of law enforcement representatives from across the country and other nations are expected at the First Baptist Church of Wortham and graveside at Wortham Cemetery.

    The McLellands were found shot to death Saturday in their house near Forney, about 20 miles east of Dallas. No arrests have been made, but a $200,000 reward is offered for information leading to the killer's conviction.

    Funeral Services for McLellands to be Held Friday

    [DFW] Funeral Services for McLellands to be Held Friday
    A slain Texas prosecutor and his wife are to be laid to rest in the small town where he grew up in the central part of the state. (Published Friday, Apr 5, 2013)

    Thousand Attend McLelland Memorial

    Thousands of mourners attended an emotional memorial service Thursday for Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia.

    Gov. Rick Perry and law enforcement officials from around the state joined family and friends of the couple, who were found shot to death in their home Saturday.

    The killings came just two months after the unsolved shooting death of Assistant Kaufman County District Attorney Mark Hasse.

    Gun Shop Owner Remembers Slain District Attorney

    [DFW] Gun Shop Owner Remembers Slain District Attorney
    The owner of a gun shop in Kaufman County says Mike McLelland was a regular customer who visited a few times per week to chat. (Published Thursday, Apr 4, 2013)

    Perry said the McLellands' life of service had saved other families from the grief being felt by their survivors now.

    "We cannot waver in our determination and dedication to the law, and we can not diminish our resolve to find the evil doers in society and put them where they can no longer do harm," he said.

    Kaufman County District Attorney investigator Chris Bryant was among the people close to the couple to speak at the service.

    "From our first meetings to the last day of their life, our happiest moments were in their company," Bryant said.

    Thousands Gather to Remember McLellands

    [DFW] Thousands Gather to Remember McLellands
    Thousands of people filled First Baptist Church of Sunnyvale to remember Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia. (Published Thursday, Apr 4, 2013)

    Mike McLelland's, stepdaughter Christine Foreman, echoed the governor's thoughts.

    "We can't let the fear of what people are going to do to us stop us from doing the right thing," she said. "The right thing is never easy. It's hard, and he knew that and he stood up anyway."

    Mike McLelland served in the U.S. Army and as a public defender before being elected Kaufman County district attorney in 2010.

    His wife was a nurse, and both had worked as clinical psychologists in the past.

    $200K Reward in Kaufman County Murders

    [DFW] $200K Reward in Kaufman County Murders
    New electronic billboards advertising a $200,000 reward for information in the Kaufman County murders of Mark Hasse and Mike and Cynthia McLelland have gone up around North Texas. (Published Thursday, Apr 4, 2013)

    "As hard as it is to lose these two people, knowing they left together gives us and their family a sense of peace," family friend Leah Phillips said.

    NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.