Spanish Train Crash Victims Remembered, Funeral Mass (+Photos)
Spanish Train Crash Victims Remembered, Funeral Mass (+Photos)
Relatives of passengers involved in the train crash comfort each other as they wait for news at the Cersia Building in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 25, 2013. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

Relatives of passengers involved in the train crash comfort each other as they wait for news at the Cersia Building in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 25, 2013. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

Prince Felipe of Spain (L) and his wife, Princess Letizia of Spain, arrive at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral on July 29, 2013 prior to a memorial Mass for the victims of the Spanish train crash. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez - Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Felipe of Spain (L) and his wife, Princess Letizia of Spain, arrive at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral on July 29, 2013 prior to a memorial Mass for the victims of the Spanish train crash. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez - Pool/Getty Images)

Spain's Princess Elena, left, Princess Letizia, centre and Prince Felipe stand in front of Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, front right and government members during a funeral mass at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Monday July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Diego Crespo, Pool)

Spain's Princess Elena, left, Princess Letizia, centre and Prince Felipe stand in front of Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, front right and government members during a funeral mass at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Monday July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Diego Crespo, Pool)

A man reads messages in memory of the train crash victims outside the Cathedral at Plaza do Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 27, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

A man reads messages in memory of the train crash victims outside the Cathedral at Plaza do Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 27, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

A relative of passengers involved in the train crash talks on her mobile phone as she waits for news at the Cersia Building in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 25, 2013. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

A relative of passengers involved in the train crash talks on her mobile phone as she waits for news at the Cersia Building in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 25, 2013. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

flowers paying tribute to the victims of the train that crashed in Angrois, are pictured with the locomotive in background, near Santiago de Compostela, on July 27, 2013. (Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images)

flowers paying tribute to the victims of the train that crashed in Angrois, are pictured with the locomotive in background, near Santiago de Compostela, on July 27, 2013. (Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images)

A pilgrim leaves his cane next to candles in memory of the train crash victims at the Cathedral of Santiago, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 26, 2013. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

A pilgrim leaves his cane next to candles in memory of the train crash victims at the Cathedral of Santiago, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 26, 2013. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

A Spanish flag flies at half mast on top of Santiago First Court building while preliminar judge Luis Alaez is asking for declaration to Jose Garzon Amo, Santiago high speed train crash driver, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 28, 2013. (Gonzalo Arroyo/Getty Images)

A Spanish flag flies at half mast on top of Santiago First Court building while preliminar judge Luis Alaez is asking for declaration to Jose Garzon Amo, Santiago high speed train crash driver, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 28, 2013. (Gonzalo Arroyo/Getty Images)

A couple stand next candles and flowers in memory of the train crash victims outside the Cathedral at Plaza do Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 27, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

A couple stand next candles and flowers in memory of the train crash victims outside the Cathedral at Plaza do Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 27, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

A woman reads messages in memory of the train crash victims outside the Cathedral at Plaza do Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 27, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

A woman reads messages in memory of the train crash victims outside the Cathedral at Plaza do Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, on July 27, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Luggage of travelers of the derailed train that killed 79 people last week, are pictured at a sports centre in the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, on July 27, 2013. Relatives must perform the somber task of retrieving the baggage of their lost loved ones. (Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images)

Luggage of travelers of the derailed train that killed 79 people last week, are pictured at a sports centre in the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, on July 27, 2013. Relatives must perform the somber task of retrieving the baggage of their lost loved ones. (Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images)

A pilgrim walks on inside Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, where a memorial mass will be held for the victims of a train crash in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 29, 2013. (Gonzalo Arroyo/Getty Images)

A pilgrim walks on inside Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, where a memorial mass will be held for the victims of a train crash in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 29, 2013. (Gonzalo Arroyo/Getty Images)

A man walks past a giant black ribbon to honor the victims of a train accident displayed at Quintana Square, in the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, on July 29, 2013.  (Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images)

A man walks past a giant black ribbon to honor the victims of a train accident displayed at Quintana Square, in the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, on July 29, 2013. (Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images)

A funeral mass was held Monday afternoon for the 79 victims of the train crash in  Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Prince Felipe, heir to the Spanish throne, attended. His wife, Princess Letizia, and his eldest sister, Elena, joined him. A native of the city, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, also attended.

Julian Barrio, archbishop of Santiago de Compostela, expressed his condolences as he presided over the mass.

“Families who have lost your loved ones, from the first moment we have had you in our hearts, as have Galicia and Spain, and so many people beyond our borders who have asked me to pass on their condolences,” he said, according to AFP. 

Mari Carmen Figueroa, 60, sat outside the cathedral dressed in black. Figueroa told AFP: “I have come because I am from Santiago and because there are people close to me who died in the crash and I know their families,” said Mari Carmen Figueroa, 60, dressed in a black jacket and trousers, outside the cathedral.”

“Even if I hadn’t known them, I would have come,” she said.

In the train crash Wednesday last week, 79 people died, and 70 remain in hospital—22 of whom are in critical condition.

The train derailed while rounding a high-risk bend. The driver, Francisco Jose Garzon, is facing charges of homicide and causing injury due to negligence.

Of the 79 who died, at least 63 were Spanish and two were American.

Myrta Fariza of Houston, Texas, was one of the Americans killed. She was traveling to a Catholic festival with her husband. A statement released by her family reads: “Myrta was our loving wife, mother, sister, mother-in-law, aunt and friend, and words cannot express our sense of loss. To all who knew her, Myrta provided irreplaceable love, compassion, courage, friendship and support. We will miss her dearly.”

The other American killed was Ana-Maria Cordoba of Arlington, Va. She was traveling with her husband and daughter to meet up with her son, who had just finished a pilgrimage, according to the Washington Post.

She worked at the Catholic Diocese of Arlington in human resources. A spokesman for the diocese, Michael J. Donohue, told the Post: “She was a very kind and warm woman of great faith. … It’s just a moment of great sadness for the staff of the diocese here. We pray for her and her family.”

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