Gov. George Deukmejian and 2,000 mourners stood silently as, every 60 seconds, the name of a victim of the Stockton schoolyard slayings was read and a tiny bell rung.
The five minutes of silence Monday, starting at the exact minute in the day when a man opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle six days earlier at the Cleveland Elementary School, concluded a two-hour, multicultural memorial to the refugee children."Five minutes for five children . . . May they rest in peace and may God bless their families and friends," said Vu-Duc Vuong of the Center for Southeast Asian Resettlement.
Twenty-nine other children and a teacher were wounded as 24-year-old Patrick Edward Purdy fired more than 100 rounds before killing himself.
The mood in the cavernous Stockton Civic Center was somber, but tears were few. Mourners wore black and white ribbons, described as traditional Cambodian symbols of mourning.
Funeral chanting of a dozen orange-robed Buddhist monks alternated with the Christian hymns of a community chorus.
Two of the slain children, Oeun Lim, 6, and Rathanar Or, 9, were Buddhists. Two others, Sokhim An, 6, and Ram Chun, 6, were Baptists; and Thuy Tran, 6, the only Vietnamese child among the victims, was a Roman Catholic.
The ceremony began with funeral services for all but Tran, who was buried Saturday.
Speaking from behind the closed, flower-draped caskets of four of the children and under flags of the pre-Communist Cambodian and Vietnamese governments, Deukmejian noted the suffering and fear in the war-torn countries which the families of the young victims had fled.
He assured them that last week's shooting last week was an aberration.
"This state is filled with people of good will and brotherly love who cherish our diversity," he said. "The overwhelming majority of the people of California are good and caring and compassionate."
"You do not grieve alone," Deukmejian said. "Your sorrow is our sorrow. Your pain is our pain. This terrible tragedy has shocked and greatly saddened the people of this state."