Cardinal Roger Mahony and Covina Police Chief Kim Raney were among those who attended the 10 a.m. Mass at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in San Dimas. A private funeral service followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Covina.
Apparently distraught over his recent divorce, Bruce Pardo arrived at the home of his former in-laws in Covina dressed up as Santa Claus and armed with four semiautomatic weapons and an incendiary device, police said. When he left, nine people were dead and the house was engulfed in flames.
The Los Angeles County coroner identified the victims as Pardo's ex-wife, Sylvia Pardo, 43; her parents, Joseph Ortega, 80, and his wife, Alicia, 70; her two brothers, James Ortega, 52, and Charles Ortega, 50, and their wives, Teresa, 51, and Cheri, 45; Pardo's sister, Alicia Ortiz, 46, and her son, Michael Ortiz, 17.
Several youths who attended the morning Mass wore Ontario High School jerseys and letterman jackets in recognition of Michael Ortiz, who played on the school's baseball team.
At the end of the Mass, a trumpeter played "Amazing Grace" before segueing into the upbeat trumpet call often heard before a horse race. The family enjoyed horse racing.
When it was over, "everybody clapped because that was so them," said Rosa Ordaz, 44, a friend of the Ortega family who attended the service. She described the family as "full of love, full of life. I couldn't see a better service for them."
"Life is so limited and short, it seemed like they knew how precious time was and the most important thing to them was family and friends," Ordaz said. "We're all confident that the beauty of love will continue."
Of Sylvia Pardo's immediate family, only her sister, Leticia Yuzefpolsky, survived the shootings, police and family friends said.
"The only sibling left is Leticia," said Charlene Carbajal, a family friend who went to high school with Cheri Ortega. "It's just devastating that this man took everyone away from her."
Pardo shot each of his victims and then set the house on fire, police said. He fled the scene and later shot himself to death outside his brother's house in Sylmar.
The following is a list of the nine family members killed on Dec. 24:
. * Sylvia Pardo, 43
Roxanne Jauregui met Sylvia Pardo when the two registered for high school at Sacred Heart of Mary in Montebello almost three decades ago.
Looking for friendly faces among the new crowd, the two young women from Monterey Park became fast friends because they were from the same neighborhood. Jauregui's father took them to school in the morning, Pardo's mother picked them up in the afternoon.
"We would do everything -- dances, school functions, house parties," Jauregui said.
Pardo's family went camping in Kings Canyon National Park every year and Jauregui often tagged along. The two remained close over the years, even when Pardo attended a different high school after her family moved to Covina in her sophomore year.
"It was tough on her because we were her first friends," Jauregui said.