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Mother of slain civil rights worker dies at 84

Fannie Lee Chaney, the mother of one of the civil rights workers slain in Mississippi in 1964, has died at her New Jersey home.

Her son, Ben Chaney, says his mother died Tuesday. Fannie Chaney lived in Willingboro, New Jersey. Funeral services are pending.

In 2005, the 82-year-old mother of five returned from New Jersey to testify in the trial of Edgar Ray Killen, sharing her last encounters with her son at her Meridian home on the morning of June 21st, 1964.

James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen and their bodies buried in an earthen dam in Neshoba County.

Before another year passed, Fannie Lee Chaney left Mississippi after a series of threats and moved to New Jersey.

Killen is serving a 60-year sentence -- 20 years for each of his three manslaughter convictions.

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