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Posted at 7:05 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Memorial for Ashley Turton, former Hill staffer, to be held Friday

By Felicia Sonmez

A memorial service for Ashley Turton, the lobbyist and former congressional staffer who was found dead early Monday morning following a fire in her car, has been scheduled for Friday afternoon.

The service will take place at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington at 3 p.m. Friday.

The sudden death of Turton, 37, came less than 48 hours after news of the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) at a constituent event in Tucson. Both events have stunned Capitol Hill. Turton, who was married to senior White House aide Dan Turton, had been a former chief of staff to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) before becoming a lobbyist for Progress Energy in 2007.

Turton was the mother of three young children; her family has set up a memorial fund for their education.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 12, 2011; 7:05 PM ET
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