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Throngs of family and friends remember Kentucky lawmaker

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By BRUCE SCHREINER
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself a day after vehemently denying accusations of sexual assault was remembered at the church where he preached.

Family and friends of Dan Johnson gathered for his funeral at Heart of Fire church on Monday where the crowd was so large that a lawmaker who shared an office with Johnson at the state Capitol in Frankfort was unable to get into the church.

A pastor and friend of the lawmaker, R.Z. Miller, told reporters afterward that "the spirt of the Lord was there."

The day after he denied allegations of assaulting a teenage girl at a news conference, the 57-year-old Republican lawmaker's body was found along a secluded road with what a Bullitt County coroner has said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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