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April 19, 2013

Davidian survivors mark 20th anniversary of siege


WACO, Texas —

Burson, whose father and grandfather died in the fire, was the last of the 21 children who left the compound during the standoff; 14 adults also left. Burson, who got married on the 10th anniversary of the compound fire so she would associate the date with a positive event, said she cannot bear to go back to the site, where a wall of stones engraved with each victim's names is at the property's entrance.

"It's painful, so sad," she said, noting that she remembers riding go-carts with friends on the compound and being riveted by Koresh's lengthy sermons about the end of the world.

"It makes me think of all of the memories, and now it's just gone."


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