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Flags fly at half-staff to honor Scalia

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / AUG. 2009

    In this 2009 file photo, flags fly at half-staff in honor of the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.

Flags will fly at half-staff to honor Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday.

President Barack Obama ordered national and state flags to fly at half-staff at the State Capitol and all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard.

The flags will fly at half-staff until sunset on the day of internment.

Earlier today, a procession of law enforcement officers escorted the body of Scalia to a funeral home in El Paso, Texas, where officials are waiting to hear whether an autopsy will be performed.

Chris Lujan, a manager for Sunset Funeral Homes, said about 20 law enforcement officers arrived early this morning at the funeral home. The procession traveled more than three hours from the West Texas resort ranch where Scalia, 79, was found dead in his room Saturday morning. Lujan said if an autopsy is requested by Scalia’s family or ordered by a justice of the peace, then an El Paso County medical examiner would likely perform it at the funeral home.

Tentative plans call for Scalia’s body to be flown on Tuesday back home to his family in a northern Virginia suburb.

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