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Murdered marine remembered by fourth-graders at fitness event

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Fourth-graders remembered a slain marine by running a victory lap during an annual fitness day event she participated in 10 years ago. About 1,000 Miami Valley fourth-graders ran the lap Saturday in honor of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach at the Spring for Elementary School Day Fitness Challenge. Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean is suspected in the Dec. 14 slaying of Maria and her unborn son. Laurean was captured Thursday in Mexico after a 3-month manhunt. Maria's charred remains were found in a shallow grave in Laurean's backyard in Jacksonville, N.C., on Jan. 11. On Saturday, Mary Lauterbach remembered her daughter as an athletic and spunky fourth-grader who surged ahead from last place during the homestretch to win the 400-meter race in 1998. --- Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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