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Funeral mass held for shark attack victim

October 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A funeral mass is being held for Lucas Ransom, the teen killed by a shark in the waters off Santa Barbara County last week.Hundreds of people filled the church in Perris on Wednesday evening for the service.

Ransom's friends are serving as pallbearers.

Ransom, 19, was body-boarding near Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday when a shark, possibly a great white, bit and severed his leg.

A friend helped him to shore but Ransom died of blood loss.

A public memorial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Evans-Brown Mortuary in Sun City. The memorial will be followed by a memorial swim in Oceanside at 4 p.m.

Funds are being raised to establish a scholarship in Ransom's name.