At the funeral for Ruthanne Giammittorio Lodato, friends and family remembered her as “a neighborhood institution” who was generous and loving. The music teacher was killed Feb. 6 by someone who came to her door. Alexandria police have not made an arrest in the case.
Feb. 15, 2014 Hundreds gather at Alexandria’s Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church for the funeral of Ruthanne Giammittorio Lodato. The music teacher was killed Feb. 6 by someone who came to her door. The unsolved slaying has left unease in the tight-knit community of neighbors and parishioners, many of them residents for generations. But they gathered to celebrate the decades of joy they said Lodato and her family had injected into their lives and into the fabric of the city. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post Buy Photo