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Funeral for Illinoisan Killed in Kosovo


White Hall, Ill. – There was a funeral in White Hall, Ill. on Sunday for a former warden at Shawnee Correctional Center in southern Illinois prison who was killed in Kosovo.

Kim Bigley, 47, died earlier this month when a Jordanian officer opened fire on her convoy. She was among 21 U.S. correctional officers leaving an orientation session at a prison in Kosovo when the shootout began. In the end, the Jordanian was killed, along with two Americans.

Eleven others were injured, including a St. Louis County woman - Janice Biggs. They were working to improve prisons in Kosovo.

Bigley's former co-workers say she was not large in stature but great in character.

Another southern Illinoisan involved in the attack died Saturday at a St. Louis hospital of his injuries. Gary Weston was from Vienna.